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Merging Black HolesBlack-hole mergers take place in regions of very strong and dynamical gravitational fields, and are among the strongest sources of gravitational radiation. Probing these mergers requires solving the full set of Einstein's equations of general relativity numerically. For more than 40 years, progress towards this goal has been very slow, as numerical relativists encountered a host of difficult problems. Recently, several breakthroughs have led to dramatic progress, enabling stable and accurate calculations of black-hole mergers. This article presents an overview of this field, including impacts on astrophysics and applications in gravitational wave data analysis.
Document ID
20100031075
Document Type
Preprint (Draft being sent to journal)
Authors
Centrella, Joan (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Baker, John G. (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Kelly, Bernard J. (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
vanMeter, James R. (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Date Acquired
August 25, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 2010
Subject Category
Astrophysics
Funding Number(s)
CONTRACT_GRANT: NNG06EQ90A
Distribution Limits
Public
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