Chemical Evolution of the Universe and its Consequences for Gravitational‐Wave Astrophysics

  title={Chemical Evolution of the Universe and its Consequences for Gravitational‐Wave Astrophysics},
  author={Martyna Chru'sli'nska},
  journal={Annalen der Physik},
We are now routinely detecting gravitational waves (GW) emitted by merging black holes and neutron stars. Those are the afterlives of massive stars that formed all across the Universe at different cosmic times and with different metallicities (abundances of elements heavier than helium). Birth metallicity plays an important role in the evolution of massive stars. Consequently, the population properties of mergers are sensitive to the metallicity dependent cosmic star formation history (fSFR(Z,z… 

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