Three-dimensional distorted black holes

Steven Brandt, Karen Camarda, Edward Seidel, Ryoji Takahashi

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We present three-dimensional, non-axisymmetric distorted black-hole initial data which generalize the axisymmetric, distorted, non-rotating and rotating single black-hole data developed by Bernstein, Brandt and Seidel. These initial data should be useful for studying the dynamics of fully 3D, distorted black holes, such as those created by the spiralling coalescence of two black holes. We describe the mathematical construction of several families of such datasets, and show how to construct numerical solutions. We survey quantities associated with the numerically constructed solutions, such as ADM masses, apparent horizons, measurements of the horizon distortion and the maximum possible radiation loss.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-20
Number of pages20
JournalClassical and Quantum Gravity
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 7 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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