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ASD Colloquium Series

February

20

"GW170817 Optical/NIR Follow-up Observations: The First Evidence of Kilonovae Existence"
Silvia Piranomonte (INAF/Rome)

On August 17th 2017 the first electromagnetic counterpart of a gravitational wave (GW) event originated by the coalescence of a double neutron star system (GW 170817, Abbott et al. 2017) was finally observed. A world-wide extensive observing campaign was carried out to follow-up and study this source In this talk I will describe our unique spectroscopic dataset acquired with the VLT which allowed to characterize and identify the optical counterpart of GW 170817 as the first compelling example of a "kilonova", a transient source powered by radioactive decay of heavy elements resulting from the r-process nucleosynthesis of ejected neutron star matter. All the activities I will describe are expected to provide means and opportunities to all the European astronomical communities to have a leading role in the GW astronomy and Time Domain Astronomy.

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ASD Colloquia are Tuesdays at 3:45 pm (Meet the Speaker at 3:30 pm) in Bldg 34, Room W150 unless otherwise noted.

 
Date February 20, 2018
Start/End Time 03:30 PM - 05:00 PM
Location B34, W150
Website https://science.gsfc.nasa.gov/660/seminars/ASDcolloq/
Contact Eric Switzer
Email Address eric.r.switzer@nasa.gov
Event Type Seminars/Colloquia
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