Probing strong-field gravity with multimessenger neutron star observations

Hector Silva (AEI)

Neutron stars are some of the most extreme objects in Nature. Their typical masses (around 1.4 times that of the Sun) combined with their small radii (about 12 km) result in densities exceeding the nuclear saturation density, above which exotic states of matter can form. Moreover, neutron stars are the strongest gravitational field sources known, second only to black holes. These properties make neutron stars outstanding laboratories to study matter and gravity in situations out of reach of terrestrial and Solar System experiments. In this seminar, I will show how recent neutron star observations, both with the x-ray telescope Neutron Star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER) and with gravitational-wave observatories (LIGO-Virgo), offer us new avenues to test general relativity and constrain modifications thereof.