Generalizing the Close Limit Approximation

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Lorenzo Annulli (IST - University of Lisbon)

The ability to model the evolution of compact binaries from the inspiral to coalescence is central to gravitational wave astronomy. Current waveform catalogues are built from vacuum binary black hole models, by evolving Einstein equations numerically and complementing them with knowledge from slow-motion expansions. Much less is known about the coalescence process in the presence of matter, or in theories other than General Relativity. In this seminar, I will show how to use the Close Limit Approximation as a powerful tool to understand the head-on collision of two equal-mass, compact but horizonless objects. Our results show the appearance of “echoes” and indicate that a significant fraction of the merger energy goes into these late-time repetitions. I will also apply the Close Limit Approximation to investigate the effect of colliding black holes on surrounding scalar fields both in General Relativity and in Einstein-scalar-Gauss-Bonnet gravity.


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