Andrew Knapp - Graduate Student
322 Whitmore Laboratory
Binary Black Holes in Grazing Collisions
I am currently working in Numerical Relativity. During the past few months, the field has seen an exciting jump in productivity. Many groups are now dynamically solving binary black hole initial data. We are now entering the domain where extracting physics should be the main push.
In this respect, I have been working on grazing collisions of equal mass black hole binaries. By varying the impact parameter--how far off axis the black holes are--I hope to discern the dependence of the emitted gravitational waves on this distance.