Seminar
Rapid Temporal Survey (RaTS) - the search for ultra compact binaries

Dr. Gavin Ramsey

Abstract

Ultra Compact Binaries are predicted to be the strongest known sources of gravitational waves in the LISA pass-band. Since they are at the short period end of the orbital period distribution (<70 mins), their number is a sensitive test of binary evolutionary models. The best method to detect these short period systems, whose optical light is dominated by an accretion disk and show optical intensity variations on timescales close to their orbital period, is through deep, wide-field, fast-cadence photometric surveys. The RaTS (Rapid Temporal Survey) project is unique in that it is sensitive to variability on timescales as short as 2 mins and systems with V~22. Our strategy and initial results will be presented.

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Rapid Temporal Survey (RaTS) - the search for ultra compact binaries
Dr. Gavin Ramsey
Armagh Observatory, UK
Wednesday October 7, 2009 - 0:00  (Aula)
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For project details see RaTS.

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