Joint GWSC/UniGe/EPFL colloquium
Prof. Selma E. de Mink
Stellar progenitors of gravitational wave sources

Geneva Observatory Chemin Pegasi 51, Versoix, Geneva

Arguably,  the most exciting recent discovery in our field is the direct detection of gravitational waves.  Not only the detection itself, but also the inferred parameters of the first event caused consternation.  With surprisingly high masses, about thirty solar masses each, the two incoming black holes were unlike any of the black holes known so…