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# Effective one-body approach to general relativistic two-body dynamics

@inproceedings{Buonanno1998EffectiveOA, title={Effective one-body approach to general relativistic two-body dynamics}, author={Alessandra Buonanno and Thibault Damour}, year={1998} }

- Published 1998

We map the general relativistic two-body problem onto that of a test particle moving in an effective external metric. This effective-one-body approach defines, in a non-perturbative manner, the late dynamical evolution of a coalescing binary system of compact objects. The transition from the adiabatic inspiral, driven by gravitational radiation damping, to an unstable plunge, induced by strong spacetime curvature, is predicted to occur for orbits more tightly bound than the innermost stable… CONTINUE READING