Birjoo Vaishnav - Graduate Student
334 Whitmore Laboratory
Gravitational Waveforms from Balck Hole Mergers
The project I am working on is to form a model waveform for black hole merger. The initial phase of the coalescence - the slow inspiral, and the last stage - the ringdown of the Black hole after the apparent horizons have merged, are reasonably well understood. The intermediate region is highly non-linear and requires difficult numerically simulations leading to the question...Can one construct some sort of an approximate physical model for this intermediate, turbulent stage? This is the current focus of our research.