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news:modelling_the_most_catastrophic_astrophysical_events_in_the_universe [2015/01/31 19:36] (current)
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 +Modelling the most catastrophic astrophysical events in the universe
 +
 +Luciano Rezzolla (University of Frankfurt, Germany)
 +
 +The detection of gravitational waves is eagerly expected as one of the
 +most important scientific discoveries of the next decade. A worldwide
 +effort is now working actively to pursue this goal both at an
 +experimental level, by building ever sensitive detectors, and at a
 +theoretical level, by improving the modelling of the numerous sources of
 +gravitational waves. Much of this theoretical work is made through the
 +solution of the Einstein equations in those nonlinear regimes where no
 +analytic solutions are possible or known. I will review how this is done
 +in practice and highlight the considerable progress made recently in the
 +description of the dynamics of binary systems of black holes and neutron
 +stars. I will also discuss how the study of these systems provides
 +information well beyond that contained in the gravitational waveforms and
 +opens very exciting windows on the relativistic astrophysics of GRBs and
 +of the cosmological evolution of massive black holes.