Detecting, Discovering and Measuring Dark Matter around Black Holes with Gravitational Waves

Noviembre 25, 2021
De 3:00pm hasta 4:30pm

IFT Seminar Room/Red Room and Zoom

Specialist level
Bradley Kavanagh
IFCA (Santander)

IFT Seminar Room/Red Room and Zoom


The observation of Gravitational Waves (GWs) has opened up a whole new
avenue for constraining and detecting particle Dark Matter (DM). One of the
most promising systems to study is the Intermediate Mass Ratio Inspiral
(IMRI): a stellar-mass compact object such as a neutron star inspiraling
towards an intermediate mass black hole, thousands of times more massive
than the Sun. Sub-hertz GWs emitted during the inspiral should be detectable
by future space-based observatories such as LISA. But the presence of DM in
the system can have subtle dynamical effects on the inspiral, altering the
waveform and hopefully allowing us to map out the DM distribution. I will
discuss ongoing work to study these systems carefully and self-consistently,
in order to develop tools to search for these perturbed GW signals and to
understand what we can learn about Dark Matter when we find them.