Big Apple Mini-Symposium: The Final Parsec Problem

Part I: Theory (2:30 - 3:30 including questions)

Sterl Phinney (15 minutes): Galaxy merger rates and black hole demography

Scott Tremaine (30 minutes): The physics of what happens in the final parsec


Part II: Observations (3:45-4:45 including questions)

Scott Tremaine (15 minutes): Optical searches for binary black holes

Sterl Phinney (30 minutes): Hunts for electromagnetic and gravitational wave signatures of binary supermassive black holes

Followed by wine and cheese in the Physics Theory Center.

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