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dc.contributor.authorSundararajan, Pranesh A.
dc.contributor.authorKhanna, Gaurav
dc.contributor.authorHughes, Scott A
dc.date.accessioned2010-07-15T13:45:36Z
dc.date.available2010-07-15T13:45:36Z
dc.date.issued2010-05
dc.date.submitted2010-03
dc.identifier.issn1089-4918
dc.identifier.issn0556-2821
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/56556
dc.description.abstractSpectacular breakthroughs in numerical relativity now make it possible to compute spacetime dynamics in almost complete generality, allowing us to model the coalescence and merger of binary black holes with essentially no approximations. The primary limitation of these calculations is now computational. In particular, it is difficult to model systems with large mass ratio and large spins, since one must accurately resolve the multiple lengthscales which play a role in such systems. Perturbation theory can play an important role in extending the reach of computational modeling for binary systems. In this paper, we present first results of a code which allows us to model the gravitational waves generated by the inspiral, merger, and ringdown of a binary system in which one member of the binary is much more massive than the other. This allows us to accurately calibrate binary dynamics in the large mass ratio regime. We focus in this analysis on the recoil imparted to the merged remnant by these waves. We closely examine the “antikick,” an anti-phase cancellation of the recoil arising from the plunge and ringdown waves, described in detail by Schnittman et al. We find that, for orbits aligned with the black hole spin, the antikick grows as a function of spin. The total recoil is smallest for prograde coalescence into a rapidly rotating black hole, and largest for retrograde coalescence. Amusingly, this completely reverses the predicted trend for kick versus spin from analyses that only include inspiral information.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipNational Aeronautics and Space Administration (Grant No. NNG05G105G)en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipNational Science Foundation (Grant No. PHY-0449884)en_US
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.publisherAmerican Physical Societyen_US
dc.relation.isversionofhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevD.81.104009en_US
dc.rightsAttribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unporteden_US
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/en_US
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dc.titleBinary black hole merger gravitational waves and recoil in the large mass ratio limiten_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.citationSundararajan, Pranesh A., Gaurav Khanna, and Scott A. Hughes. “Binary black hole merger gravitational waves and recoil in the large mass ratio limit.” Physical Review D 81.10 (2010): 104009.en_US
dc.contributor.departmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Physicsen_US
dc.contributor.departmentMIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Researchen_US
dc.contributor.approverHughes, Scott A.
dc.contributor.mitauthorHughes, Scott A.
dc.contributor.mitauthorSundararajan, Pranesh A.
dc.relation.journalPhysical Review Den_US
dc.eprint.versionAuthor's final manuscript
dc.type.urihttp://purl.org/eprint/type/SubmittedJournalArticleen_US
eprint.statushttp://purl.org/eprint/status/PeerRevieweden_US
dspace.orderedauthorsSundararajan, Pranesh A.; Khanna, Gaurav; Hughes, Scott A.en
dc.identifier.orcidhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-6211-1388
mit.licenseOPEN_ACCESS_POLICYen_US


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