GW170817: the First Multi-messenger Detection of a Binary Neutron Star Merger

Aaron (Miguel) Holgado, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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GW170817 is the first gravitational-wave detection of a binary neutron star merger along with joint electromagnetic detections from gamma-rays to radio waves. This multi-messenger event has provided a scientific testbed across multiple disciplines, including astrophysics, cosmology and nuclear physics. I will discuss the detection, characterization and localization of this event, its astrophysical implications and its progenitor constraints.

Abstract Author(s): A. Miguel Holgado