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Astronomy Seminar

Wednesday, February 10, 2021
11:00am – 12:00pm

Storrs Campus

Dr. Kris Pardo, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Detecting Gravitational Waves and Dark Matter with the Roman Space Telescope's Exoplanet Microlensing Survey

The Roman Space Telescope's Exoplanet Microlensing Survey will take tens of thousands of exposures of 10 million stars over 5 years, pinpointing their positions with extreme accuracy. The nominal purpose of this mission is to detect over a thousand planets; however, its unique design and excellent astrometric precision also open other avenues of astrophysical study. Gravitational waves and dark matter halos can both cause apparent changes in stellar positions in a correlated manner. In this talk, I will explain these phenomena and how this survey will let us study supermassive black hole populations and dark matter properties.

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Prof. C. Faesi

Physics Department (primary), College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, UConn Master Calendar

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