Life and adventures of binary supermassive black holes

by Eugene Vasiliev (Lebedev Physical Institute, Moscow)

Aula Rasetti (Dip. di Fisica - Edificio G. Marconi)

Aula Rasetti

Dip. di Fisica - Edificio G. Marconi

I will review our present understanding of the evolution of binary supermassive black holes -- how do they form, why do they eventually merge into a single black hole, and what happens afterwards, as well as discuss possible observational signatures (gravitational-wave and electromagnetic counterparts) and perspectives of detection.