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Dynamical Tides in Binaries: Merging White Dwarfs, Kepler KOI-54 and Hot Jupiter Systems

Dong Lai

Cornell University

Dynamical tides, involving the excitation and dissipation of waves and oscillation modes, play an important role in many different binary systems. I will discuss recent works on dynamical tides in three types of systems: (i) Compact white dwarf binaries undergoing orbital decay due to gravitational radiation; (ii) An eccentric main-sequence star binary exhibiting tidally induced oscillations; (iii) Exoplanetary systems containing hot Jupiters and misaligned host stars.

Date: Tuesday, 6 November 2012
Time: 16:00
Where: McGill University
  Ernest Rutherford Physics Building, R.E. Bell Conference Room (room 103)

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