# Can we distinguish black holes from other compact objects?

#### Can we distinguish black holes from other compact objects?

- Event time: 2:00pm until 3:00pm
- Event date: 22nd February 2023
- Speaker: Béatrice Bonga (Radboud University)
- Location: Higgs Centre Seminar Room, Room 4305, James Clerk Maxwell Building (JCMB) James Clerk Maxwell Building Peter Guthrie Tait Road Edinburgh EH9 3FD GB

### Event details

Observational tests of strong field gravity are rapidly improving. This allows us to test whether the compact objects observed in the sky are truly black holes as described in general relativity or some other “exotic” objects. These tests, however, require exquisite theoretical modeling of black holes and their alternatives. This talk will give an overview of various such theoretical advancements: at the level of improved waveform modeling, as well as putting black hole mimickers under a microscope and testing their stability.

### About Particle Physics Theory seminars

The Particle Physics Theory seminar is a weekly series of talks reflecting the diverse interests of the group. Topics include analytic and numerical calculations based on the Standard Model of elementary particle physics, theories exploring new physics, as well as more formal developments in gauge theories and gravity..