Radiation Reaction in General Relativity

Center for Gravitational Wave Physics
Penn State University
24 - 30 May, 2002

  • Warren Anderson (University of Texas, Brownsville)
  • Patrick Brady (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee)
  • Eanna Flanagan (Cornell University)
  • Lee Samuel Finn (Penn State Center for Gravitational Wave Physics)

Understanding and calculating the radiation reaction force on a point particle is an important open problem in general relativity. In the case of extreme mass-ratio binary systems, such as a stellar mass compact object in orbit about a much more massive black hole, the ability to calculate the self-force is critical to our ability to use LISA observations of these systems to explore the spacetime in the neighborhood of a black hole.

Considerable progress has been made toward a formal solution to this problem and toward developing techniques applicable to calculating the self-force in extreme-mass-ratio compact binary systems. The focus of this meeting is on the implementation of local force methods to compute the self-force and the gravitational waveforms in these systems. Questions to be addressed include gauge transformations in regularization schemes, comparison of local force calculations to conservation law approach, and reconstruction of metric perturbations in Kerr spacetime.

For more information on this focus session, please contact either the organizing committee.


To maximize the focus sessions productivity a reading list has been prepared. Participants are asked to have read and/or reviewed these papers before the workshop begins

S. Mino, M. Sasaki, T. Tanaka. "Gravitational radiation reaction to particle motion. Phys Rev. D 55, 3547 (1997). Online at gr-qc/9606018

T.C Quinn and R.M. Wald, "Axiomatic approach to electromagnetic and gravitational radiation reaction of particles in curved spacetime", Phys. Rev. D 56, 3381 (1997). Online version gr-qc/9610053

Scott Hughes, "Evolution of circular, nonequatorial orbits of Kerr black holes due to gravitational wave emission", Phys. Rev. D 61, 084004 (2000); Errata PRD 63, 049902 (2001) and 65, 069902 (2002). Online version gr-qc/9910091

L. Barack, A. Ori, "Mode sum regularization approach for the self-force in black hole spacetimes", PRD 61, 061502 (2000). Online version gr-qc/9912010

T.C. Quinn, "Axiomatic approach to radiation reaction of scalar point particles in curved spacetime", gr-qc/0005030

S. Detweiler, "Radiation reaction and the self-force for a point mass in general relativity", PRL 86, 1931 (2001). Online version gr-qc/0011039

M. J. Pfenning, E. Poisson, "Scalar, electromagnetic and gravitational self-forces in weakly curved spacetimes", PRD 65, 084001 (2002). Online version gr-qc/0012057

L. M. Burko and Y.T. Liu, "Self-force on a scalar charge in the spacetime of a stationary, axisymmetric black hole", PRD 64, 024006 (2001). Online version gr-qc/0103008

L. Barack, A. Ori, "Gravitational self force and gauge transformations", PRD 64, 124003 (2001). Online version gr-qc/0107056

L. Barack, Y. Mino, H. Nakano, A. Ori, M. Sasaki, "Calculating the gravitational self force in Schwarzschild spacetime", PRL 88, 091101 (2002). Online version gr-qc/0111001

Y. Mino, H. Nakano, M. Sasaki, "Covariant Self-force Regularization of a Particle Orbiting a Schwarschild Black Hole - Mode DecompositionRegularization", gr-qc/0111074

S. Detweiler, B.F. Whiting, "Self-force via a Green's function decomposition", gr-qc/0202086

C.O. Lousto and B.F. Whiting, "Reconstruction of Black Hole Metric Perturbations from Weyl Curvature", gr-qc/0203061

C. Lousto. "Pragmatic approach to gravitational radiation reaction in binary black holes. Phys. Ref. Lett. 84, 5251-5254 (2000). Online version gr-qc/9912017

A. Ori, "Reconstruction of inhomogeneous metric perturbations and electromagnetic four-potential in Kerr spacetime". Preprint for circulation to conference attendees: do not redistribute.

  We ask that you make your own accommodation arrangements.

  The workshop will be held in the State College Days Inn, where we have reserved a block of rooms.  The deadline for reserving a room in the room block is 26 April 2002. The Days Inn is located in the heart of downtown State College and is only a short walk from campus.

  The contact information for the Days Inn follows:
           Days Inn
           240 Pugh Street
           State College, PA 16801
           Phone: 814-238-8454 or 800-258-3297

  When you make your hotel reservation, please refer to the PSU Radiation Reaction Workshop. The deadline for reserving a room in the room block is 26 April 002.


  Useful information on travel to and from State College may be found on our web site at http://cgwp.gravity.psu.edu/visitors/to_state_college.shtml.  If you travel to State College by air, the destination code for the University Park Airport in State College is SCE.