Accurate evolution of orbiting binary black holes

Peter Diener, Frank Herrmann, Denis Pollney, Erik Schnetter, Edward Seidel, Ryoji Takahashi, Jonathan Thornburg, Jason Ventrella

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We present a detailed analysis of binary black hole evolutions in the last orbit and demonstrate consistent and convergent results for the trajectories of the individual bodies. The gauge choice can significantly affect the overall accuracy of the evolution. It is possible to reconcile certain gauge-dependent discrepancies by examining the convergence limit. We illustrate these results using an initial data set recently evolved by Brügmann et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 92, 211101 (2004)PRLTAO0031-900710.1103/PhysRevLett.92.211101]. For our highest resolution and most accurate gauge, we estimate the duration of this data set's last orbit to be approximately 59MADM.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number121101
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number12
StatePublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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