Abstract

Oral Abstract

Invited talk (I0.4) Gideon Koekoek ()

Modeling and detecting resonant tides of exotic compact objects


The event horizon of a black hole in general relativity absorbs all infalling radiation. Any obser- vation of the contrary would immediately challenge the expectation that astrophysical black holes are described by the vacuum Kerr geometry. If a putative black hole does reflect part of the in- going radiation, its quasi-normal mode structure is drastically altered. Low frequency modes can be introduced that are resonantly excited during the inspiral of a binary system. We study the resulting phase shift of the gravitational wave signal. Building on neutron star results, we obtain a model-independent expression for the phase shift that depends only on quasinormal modes and Love numbers of the compact object. We find that the phase shift is detectable with Einstein Telescope, but by far cannot explore the Planck scale.