Numerical Relativity and the Discovery of Gravitational Waves

  title={Numerical Relativity and the Discovery of Gravitational Waves},
  author={Robert A. Eisenstein},
  journal={Annalen der Physik},
Solving Einstein's equations precisely for strong‐field gravitational systems is essential to determining the full physics content of gravitational wave detections. Without these solutions it is not possible to infer precise values for initial and final‐state system parameters. Obtaining these solutions requires extensive numerical simulations, as Einstein's equations governing these systems are much too difficult to solve analytically. These difficulties arise principally from the curved, non… 
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1 Institute for Theoretical Physics, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), 76128 Karlsruhe, Germany 2 Department of Mathematics and Applications “R. Caccioppoli”, University of Naples Federico II,


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