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Evolutions of Nearly Maximally Spinning Black Hole Binaries Using the Moving Puncture Approach
By Yosef Zlochower, James Healy, Carlos O. Lousto, Ian Ruchlin
Published in Physical Review D 96, 044002 (Wednesday, August 3, 2016)


We demonstrate that numerical relativity codes based on the moving punctures formalism are capable of evolving nearly maximally spinning black hole binaries. We compare a new evolution of an equal-mass, aligned-spin binary with dimensionless spin chi=0.99 using puncture-based data with recent simulations of the SXS Collaboration. We find that the overlap of our new waveform with the published results of the SXS Collaboration is larger than 0.999. To generate our new waveform, we use the recently introduced HiSpID puncture data, the CCZ4 evolution system, and a modified lapse condition that helps keep the horizon radii reasonably large.

Research Areas

Numerical Relativity