Extreme gravity tests with gravitational waves from compact binary coalescences: (II) ringdown

Emanuele Berti, Kent Yagi, Huan Yang, Nicolás Yunes

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Abstract

The LIGO/Virgo detections of binary black hole mergers marked a watershed moment in astronomy, ushering in the era of precision tests of Kerr dynamics. We review theoretical and experimental challenges that must be overcome to carry out black hole spectroscopy with present and future gravitational wave detectors. Among other topics, we discuss quasinormal mode excitation in binary mergers, astrophysical event rates, tests of black hole dynamics in modified theories of gravity, parameterized “post-Kerr” ringdown tests, exotic compact objects, and proposed data analysis methods to improve spectroscopic tests of Kerr dynamics by stacking multiple events.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number49
JournalGeneral Relativity and Gravitation
Volume50
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2018
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Compact binary systems
  • Gravitational waves
  • Modified gravity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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