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Numerical simulations of binary black holes

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  • UserHarald Pfeiffer (CITA)
  • ClockThursday 03 October 2013, 13:00-14:00
  • HousePhysics West 106.

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The last few years have seen astonishing progress in the numerical simulation of of the inspiral and merger of two black holes. The results of these simulations are of high importance to gravitational wave detectors searching for binary black holes. Numerical simulations also help to understand Einstein’s equations in the genuinely nonlinear and dynamic situations. This talk gives an overview of recent advances of black hole simulations performed within the SXS collaboration encompassing Caltech, CITA , Cornell, Fullerton and WSU . We also give examples of the scientific applications of these simulations, among them comparisons to post-Newtonian calculations for precessing binary black holes and and calculations of novel results for the gravitational self-force acting on small bodies moving in the gravitational field of a large black hole.

This talk is part of the Astrophysics Seminars series.

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