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Summary of sessions B1/B2 and B2: relativistic astrophysics and numerical relativity


Gundlach,  Carsten
Astrophysical Relativity, AEI-Golm, MPI for Gravitational Physics, Max Planck Society;

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Gundlach, C. (2008). Summary of sessions B1/B2 and B2: relativistic astrophysics and numerical relativity. Classical and Quantum Gravity, 25(11): 114019.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0013-63F5-2
The numerical relativity session at GR18 was dominated by physics results on binary black hole mergers. Several groups can now simulate these from a time when the post-Newtonian equations of motion are still applicable, through several orbits and the merger to the ringdown phase, obtaining plausible gravitational waves at infinity, and showing some evidence of convergence with resolution. The results of different groups roughly agree. This new-won confidence has been used by these groups to begin mapping out the (finite dimensional) initial data space of the problem, with a particular focus on the effect of black hole spins, and the acceleration by gravitational wave recoil to hundreds of km s-1 of the final merged black hole. Other work was presented on a variety of topics, such as evolutions with matter, extreme mass ratio inspirals and technical issues such as gauge choices.