Dynamics of binary black hole systems

Bernd Brügmann, Ulrich Sperhake, Doreen Müller, Roman Gold, Pablo Galaviz, Nobert Lages, Marcus Thierfelder

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The goal of this project is to compute the last phase of the inspiral and merger of two black holes in Einstein’s theory of general relativity. Numerical simulations of binary black hole systems have only recently reached the point where for the first time several complete orbits can be computed. Such simulations pose on the one hand a significant theoretical and technical challenge since the time-dependent Einstein equations have to be solved in the regime of highly dynamic and non-linear gravitational fields. On the other hand, theoretical predictions for the gravitational waves generated in a binary black hole merger are eagerly awaited by a new generation of gravitational wave experiments. The plan is therefore to map out the parameter space of gravitational wave signals from binary black hole inspirals. This research is funded in part by the SFB/Transregio 7 on Gravitational Wave Astronomy, the BMBF/DLR grant for LISA Germany, and the Graduiertenkolleg on Quantum and Gravitational Fields.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHigh Performance Computing in Science and Engineering, Garching/Munich 2009
Subtitle of host publicationtransactions of the Fourth Joint HLRB and KONWIHR Review and Results Workshop, Dec. 8-9, 2009, Leibniz Supercomputing Centre, Garching/Munich, Germany
EditorsSiegfried Wagner, Matthias Steinmetz, Arndt Bode, Markus Michael Müller
Place of PublicationHeidelberg
PublisherSpringer, Springer Nature
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9783642138713
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes
EventJoint HLRB and KONWIHR Status and Result Workshop (4th : 2009) - Garching, Germany
Duration: 8 Dec 20099 Dec 2009


WorkshopJoint HLRB and KONWIHR Status and Result Workshop (4th : 2009)
CityGarching, Germany


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