Thursday, July 11, 2013

1307.2868 (Thibault Damour et al.)

Merger states and final states of black hole coalescences: a
numerical-relativity-assisted effective-one-body approach

Thibault Damour, Alessandro Nagar, Loic Villain
We study to what extent the effective-one-body description of the dynamical state of a nonspinning, coalescing binary black hole (considered either at merger, or after ringdown) agrees with numerical relativity results. This comparison uses estimates of the integrated losses of energy and angular momentum during ringdown, inferred from recent numerical-relativity data. We find that the values, predicted by the effective-one-body formalism, of the energy and angular momentum of the system agree at the per mil level with their numerical-relativity counterparts, both at merger and in the final state. This gives a new confirmation of the ability of effective-one-body theory to accurately describe the dynamics of binary black holes even in the strong-gravitational-field regime. Our work also provides predictions (and analytical fits) for the final mass and the final spin of coalescing black holes for all mass ratios
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