Black-hole binaries, gravitational waves, and numerical relativity

  title={Black-hole binaries, gravitational waves, and numerical relativity},
  author={Joan M. Centrella and John G. Baker and Bernard J. Kelly and James R. van Meter},
  journal={Reviews of Modern Physics},
Understanding the predictions of general relativity for the dynamical interactions of two black holes has been a long-standing unsolved problem in theoretical physics. Black-hole mergers are monumental astrophysical events, releasing tremendous amounts of energy in the form of gravitational radiation, and are key sources for both ground- and space-based gravitational-wave detectors. The black-hole merger dynamics and the resulting gravitational wave forms can only be calculated through… 

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