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PERIMETER INSTITUTE RECORDED SEMINAR ARCHIVE

Fully General Relativistic Simulations of Black Hole-Neutron Star Mergers: A Current Overview
Speaker(s): Zachariah Etienne
Abstract: Black hole-neutron star binary (BHNS) mergers are likely sources for detectable gravitational radiation and candidate engines for short-hard gamma-ray bursts. However, accurate modeling of these mergers requires fully general relativistic simulations, incorporating both relativistic hydrodynamics for the matter and Einstein's field equations for the (strong) gravitational fields. I will review techniques and results from recent fully general relativistic BHNS merger simulations. These simulations examine the effects of the BH:NS mass ratio, BH spin, and NS equation of state, focusing on both the gravitational waveforms and remnant disk.
Date: 25/06/2010 - 1:30 pm
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