Post-Newtonian gravitational radiation reaction for two-body systems.

  title={Post-Newtonian gravitational radiation reaction for two-body systems.},
  author={Bala R. Iyer and C Mcclatchey Will},
We study gravitational radiation reaction in the equations of motion for binary systems to post-Newtonian order [O(υ/c) 2 ] beyond the quadrupole approximation. The method usespost-Newtonian expressions for energy and angular momentum flux to infinity, and an assumption of energy and angular momentum balance. The equations of motion are valid for general binary orbits. We discuss the coordinate-system dependence of the radiation-reaction formula