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Colloquium
Speaker
Prayush Kumar (Cornell University, New York )
Date & Time
Wed, 20 June 2018, 15:00 to 16:00
Venue
Emmy Noether Seminar Room, ICTS Campus, Bangalore
Resources
Abstract

The discovery of gravitational waves by Advanced LIGO observatories has opened a new window to look through into our Universe. The primary sources for these waves have so far been massive inspiraling binaries of stellar-collapse black holes. Our ground-based detectors are able to observe the last few tens of orbits of these heavy binaries before they merge. These pre-merger orbits are highly relativistic and understanding the non-linearities of this regime requires solving Einstein equations numerically, especially since analytic approximations break down. In this talk I will summarize the methods we use to evolve binary black hole spacetimes in fully nonlinear General Relativity using supercomputers. I will focus on spectral methods that are used for these evolutions by the Spectral Einstein Code (SpEC). I will also summarize the various ways in which these numerical simulations have made possible precision gravitational-wave astrophysics and tests of Einstein's theory of gravity.