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Maximum kick from nonspinning black-hole binary inspiral.
The largest parameter study undertaken to date in numerical simulations of binary black-hole inspirals with mass ratios from q=M1/M2=1 to q=0.25 (eta=q/(1+q)2 from 0.25 to 0.16) is performed. Expand
Inspiral, merger, and ringdown of unequal mass black hole binaries: A multipolar analysis
We study the inspiral, merger, and ringdown of unequal mass black hole binaries by analyzing a catalogue of numerical simulations for seven different values of the mass ratio (from q=M2/M1=1 to q=4).Expand
Supermassive recoil velocities for binary black-hole mergers with antialigned spins.
It is demonstrated that kick velocities of at least 2500 km/s are possible for equal-mass binaries with antialigned spins in the orbital plane. Expand
Calibration of moving puncture simulations
We present single and binary black-hole simulations that follow the “moving-puncture” paradigm of simulating black-hole spacetimes without excision, and use “moving boxes” mesh refinement. FocusingExpand
Reducing eccentricity in black-hole binary evolutions with initial parameters from post-Newtonian inspiral
Standard choices of quasicircular orbit parameters for black-hole binary evolutions result in eccentric inspiral. We introduce a conceptually simple method, which is to integrate the post-NewtonianExpand
Template bank for gravitational waveforms from coalescing binary black holes: Nonspinning binaries
Gravitational waveforms from the inspiral and ring-down stages of the binary black-hole coalescences can be modeled accurately by approximation/perturbation techniques in general relativity. RecentExpand
Testing general relativity with present and future astrophysical observations
One century after its formulation, Einstein's general relativity (GR) has made remarkable predictions and turned out to be compatible with all experimental tests. Most of these tests probe the theoryExpand
Reducing phase error in long numerical binary black hole evolutions with sixth-order finite differencing
We describe a modification of a fourth-order accurate 'moving-puncture' evolution code, where by replacing spatial fourth-order accurate differencing operators in the bulk of the grid by a specificExpand
A phenomenological template family for black-hole coalescence waveforms
Recent progress in numerical relativity has enabled us to model the non-perturbative merger phase of the binary black-hole coalescence problem. Based on these results, we propose a phenomenologicalExpand
Resonant-plane locking and spin alignment in stellar-mass black-hole binaries: A diagnostic of compact-binary formation
We study the influence of astrophysical formation scenarios on the precessional dynamics of spinning black-hole binaries by the time they enter the observational window of second- andExpand