Modeling the Final Moments of Coalescing Compact Binaries

Date: 
04/11/2011 -
3:00pm to 4:00pm
Speaker: 
Alessandra Buonanno
Speaker affiliation: 
University of Maryland
Room: 78 - 2230
The work at the interface between analytical and numerical relativity has
deepened our understanding of the two-body problem in general relativity,
revealing an intriguing simplicity. I will review those results within
the analytical effective-one-body approach, focusing on the most dynamic
and non-linear phase of the evolution. I will discuss the implications of
the advances in the search for gravitational waves from comparable mass
and extreme mass-ratio binary black holes. Finally, I will briefly review
recent results of modeling spin effects and binary neutron stars within
the same approach.

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