October 26, 2016
Imperial College London
Europe/London timezone

Searches for optical signatures of gravitational wave events in the Dark Energy Survey

Oct 26, 2016, 3:40 PM
25m
Imperial College London

Imperial College London

Blackett Laboratories LT1 lecture theatre South Kensington Campus, London SW7 2AZ

Speaker

Marcelle Soares-Santos (Fermilab)

Description

In this talk I present recent results of the Dark Energy Survey (DES) searches for optical counterparts to gravitational wave events detected by the LIGO/Virgo interferometers. DES is the greatest optical imaging survey yet, aiming at percent-level precision measurements of cosmological parameters from a combination of probes such as type Ia supernovae, galaxy clusters, and weak gravitational lensing. With a wide field of view and a large aperture telescope, the DES camera is well matched to the challenge. Our program achieves greater sensitivity than any other optical facility. In this talk I will also briefly discuss exciting prospect for future observing campaigns.

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