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About the speaker
Kent Yagi's current research involves probing fundamental physics using astrophysical compact objects, such as black holes and neutron stars. He is particularly interested in testing strong/dynamical-field gravity and determining the equation of state of nuclear matter with gravitational waves from compact binaries. Such gravitational waves allow us to probe gravity and nuclear physics in the regime that was inaccessible from previous experiments and observations. Deviations away from General Relativity and tidal effects on neutron stars that contain nuclear physics information both affect binary’s orbital dynamics, and such effects are encoded in the gravitational waveform. Having these theoretical predictions at hand, one can carry out a data analysis study to address how well future gravitational wave observations can probe these fundamental physics.
More details on Kent's research can be found here.