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Physics Colloquium

Friday, November 20, 2015
4:00pm – 5:00pm

Storrs Campus
Gant Science Complex, Physics Building, Room P038

Dr. Alex Giannias, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Oklahoma

"The ELM Survey: The Search for the Shortest Period Binary White Dwarfs"

Extremely low-mass (ELM) white dwarfs represent the end point of the evolution of compact binary systems. They are the potential progenitors of a variety of astrophysical phenomena including type Ia supernovae and are among the strongest sources of gravitational waves in the mHz range. ELM Survey is an ongoing targeted search for these short-period (< 1 day), extremely low-mass white dwarf binaries. I will provide a general overview of the ELM Survey, including some of our most recent results, and discuss in greater detail a selection of the most unique and exotic systems discovered to date.

Contact:

Jeanette Jamieson, 860-486-4924, jeanette.jamieson@uconn.edu

Physics Department (primary)

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