Connecting Numerical Relativity and Data Analysis of Gravitational Wave Detectors

  • Deirdre ShoemakerEmail author
  • Karan Jani
  • Lionel London
  • Larne Pekowsky
Conference paper
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Proceedings book series (ASSSP, volume 40)


Gravitational waves deliver information in exquisite detail about astrophysical phenomena, among them the collision of two black holes, a system completely invisible to the eyes of electromagnetic telescopes. Models that predict gravitational wave signals from likely sources are crucial for the success of this endeavor. Modeling binary black hole sources of gravitational radiation requires solving the Einstein equations of General Relativity using powerful computer hardware and sophisticated numerical algorithms. This proceeding presents where we are in understanding ground-based gravitational waves resulting from the merger of black holes and the implications of these sources for the advent of gravitational-wave astronomy.


Black Hole Gravitational Wave Numerical Relativity Binary Black Hole Binary Neutron Star 
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The authors thank the organizers and participants of the Sant Cugat Forum on Astrophysics on Gravitational Wave Astrophysics. The work presented here was supported by NSF PHY-0955825.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Deirdre Shoemaker
    • 1
    Email author
  • Karan Jani
    • 1
  • Lionel London
    • 1
  • Larne Pekowsky
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Relativistic Astrophysics, School of PhysicsGeorgia Institute of TechnologyAtlantaUSA

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