# The numerical relativity breakthrough for binary black holes

@article{Sperhake2014TheNR, title={The numerical relativity breakthrough for binary black holes}, author={Ulrich Sperhake}, journal={Classical and Quantum Gravity}, year={2014}, volume={32} }

The evolution of black-hole (BH) binaries in vacuum spacetimes constitutes the two-body problem in general relativity. The solution of this problem in the framework of the Einstein field equations is a substantially more complex exercise than that of the dynamics of two point masses in Newtonian gravity, but it also presents us with a wealth of new exciting physics. Numerical methods are likely to be the only way to compute the dynamics of BH systems in the fully nonlinear regime and have been…

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