The multi-messenger picture of compact binary mergers
2015 (English)In: International Journal of Modern Physics D, ISSN 0218-2718, Vol. 24, no 5, 1530012Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
In the last decade, enormous progress has been achieved in the understanding of the various facets of coalescing double neutron star and neutron black hole binary systems. One hopes that the mergers of such compact binaries can be routinely detected with the advanced versions of the ground-based gravitational wave detector facilities, maybe as early as in 2016. From the theoretical side, there has also been mounting evidence that compact binary mergers could be major sources of heavy elements and these ideas have gained recent observational support from the detection of an event that has been interpreted as a macronova, an electromagnetic transient powered by freshly produced, radioactively decaying heavy elements. In addition, compact binaries are the most plausible triggers of short gamma-ray bursts (sGRBs) and the last decade has witnessed the first detection of a sGRB afterglow and subsequent observations have delivered a wealth of information on the environments in which such bursts occur. To date, compact binary mergers can naturally explain most -though not all -of the observed sGRB properties. This paper reviews major recent developments in various areas related to compact binary mergers.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 24, no 5, 1530012
Gravitational waves, nucleosynthesis, gamma-ray bursts
Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-116764DOI: 10.1142/S0218271815300128ISI: 000351503600002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-116764DiVA: diva2:811505