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Self-intersecting marginally outer trapped surfaces

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Pook-Kolb,  Daniel
Observational Relativity and Cosmology, AEI-Hannover, MPI for Gravitational Physics, Max Planck Society;

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Birnholtz,  Ofek
Observational Relativity and Cosmology, AEI-Hannover, MPI for Gravitational Physics, Max Planck Society;

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Krishnan,  Badri
Observational Relativity and Cosmology, AEI-Hannover, MPI for Gravitational Physics, Max Planck Society;

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Schnetter,  Erik
Stellar Astrophysics, MPI for Astrophysics, Max Planck Society;

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Pook-Kolb, D., Birnholtz, O., Krishnan, B., & Schnetter, E. (2019). Self-intersecting marginally outer trapped surfaces. Physical Review D, 100(8): 084044. doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.100.084044.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0003-FDC7-0
Abstract
We have shown previously that a merger of marginally outer trapped surfaces (MOTSs) occurs in a binary black hole merger and that there is a continuous sequence of MOTSs which connects the initial two black holes to the final one. In this paper, we confirm this scenario numerically and we detail further improvements in the numerical methods for locating MOTSs. With these improvements, we confirm the merger scenario and demonstrate the existence of self-intersecting MOTSs formed in the immediate aftermath of the merger. These results will allow us to track physical quantities across the non-linear merger process and to potentially infer properties of the merger from gravitational wave observations.