Evolution of binary black hole spacetimes

Octubre 26, 2023
De 5:00pm hasta 6:00pm


Specialist level
presented by Gonzalo Morrás Gutierrez



Gonzalo Morrás Gutierrez will present the following paper: 'Evolution of binary black hole spacetimes' (Frans Pretorius, Phys.Rev.Lett. 95 (2005) 121101):

Abstract: We describe early success in the evolution of binary black hole spacetimes with a numerical code based on a generalization of harmonic coordinates. Indications are that with sufficient resolution this scheme is capable of evolving binary systems for enough time to extract information about the orbit, merger and gravitational waves emitted during the event. As an example we show results from the evolution of a binary composed of two equal mass, non-spinning black holes, through a single plunge-orbit, merger and ring down. The resultant black hole is estimated to be a Kerr black hole with angular momentum parameter a~0.70. At present, lack of resolution far from the binary prevents an accurate estimate of the energy emitted, though a rough calculation suggests on the order of 5% of the initial rest mass of the system is radiated as gravitational waves during the final orbit and ringdown.