This school is part of the annual ICTS summer schools on gravitational-wave (GW) physics and astronomy. Recent observations of nearly a hundred GW signals from coalescing binaries of compact objects have firmly established the field of GW astronomy. Physicists and astrophysicists are using these observations to not only study the properties of individual GW signals but also of the populations of these compact binaries as well as their progenitor stellar population. Recognizing this, this year's summer school will focus on foundational lectures on the astrophysics of GW sources, including the structure and evolution of stars that form progenitors of compact objects; and the evolutionary history of compact binaries and their population statistics. These lectures are organized into two graduate-level courses:
- Stellar structure, evolution, collapse and supernovae: Bernhard Müller (Monash University, Australia)
- Compact binary evolution, rates and population modelling: Christopher Berry (University of Glasgow, UK)
Eligibility criteria: The school is primarily meant for graduate students and postdocs in GW astrophysics and related fields. A small number of highly motivated senior undergraduates can also be considered. A basic understanding of general relativity and statistics is a prerequisite for the courses.
ICTS is committed to building an environment that is inclusive, non-discriminatory and welcoming of diverse individuals. We especially encourage the participation of women and other under-represented groups.