The quest to observe binary black holes
Massive binary black holes are the most extreme, fascinating yet elusive astrophysical objects in the universe. Their observation will mark a milestone in contemporary astronomy, providing a key piece of the theoretical puzzle of galaxy formation. Besides emitting very bright X-rays, black hole mergers are the strongest known sources of gravitational waves in the universe. The EU-funded B Massive project will leverage a unique approach that combines theoretical astrophysics, radio and gravitational-wave astronomy and time-domain surveys with state-of-the-art data analysis techniques. The project's objectives are to observe massive binary black holes, understand and constrain their dynamics and provide fertile ground for the direct detection of gravitational waves using pulsar timing arrays.
Fields of science
Funding SchemeERC-COG - Consolidator Grant
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