The numerical relativity breakthrough for binary black holes

  title={The numerical relativity breakthrough for binary black holes},
  author={Ulrich Sperhake},
  journal={Classical and Quantum Gravity},
  • U. Sperhake
  • Published 14 November 2014
  • Physics
  • Classical and Quantum Gravity
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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