I will describe the phenomenology of stellar basins: volumetric
stellar emission into gravitationally bound orbits of weakly
coupled particles such as axions, moduli, hidden photons, and
fermions. While only a tiny fraction of the instantaneous...
The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) collaboration has recently
published the first image of the near-horizon region around the
supermassive black hole at the center of our Milky Way galaxy, Sgr
A*. In addition to providing new constraints on general...
Following the collision of two compact objects, an accretion
disk forms and from it matter is ejected that sources the
universe's heavy elements and that is observable as a kilonova. The
amount of ejecta, the types of elements that form, and the...
Close binaries are the origin of many extraordinary events in
the Universe, including type Ia supernovae and gravitational wave
events. On the other extreme, wide binaries are easily disrupted by
gravitational perturbations, making them a unique...
The identity of dark matter remains a mystery, despite decades
of theorizing and detection efforts. This includes the mechanism
for its primordial production, its interactions with itself or with
visible matter, and the very nature of dark matter...
I will discuss how black holes can become nature's laboratories
for ultralight axions. When a boson's Compton wavelength is
comparable to the horizon size of a black hole, energy and angular
momentum from the black hole are converted into...
A key discovery from the past six decades of solar system
exploration is that liquid water oceans may be a common planetary
phenomenon. At least six ice-covered moons of the outer solar
system present compelling evidence for subsurface oceans,
Galaxy surveys, which observe the positions and shapes of
galaxies across large areas of the sky, can map a significant
fraction of our cosmic volume. With the recent or imminent start of
several next-generation projects — including LSST, Euclid...
In this talk I will describe recent progress in applying tools
from collider physics to problems in classical general relativity.
This program has produced state-of-the-art calculations of the
conservative two-body Hamiltonian at the fourth order in...