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ID: 213819.0, MPI für Gravitationsphysik / Astrophysical Relativity
On characteristic initial data for a star orbiting a black hole
Authors:Bishop, Nigel T.; Gomez, Roberto; Lehner, Luis; Maharaj, Manoj; Winicour, Jeffrey
Language:English
Date of Publication (YYYY-MM-DD):2005
Title of Journal:Physical Review D
Volume:72
Sequence Number of Article:024002
Review Status:not specified
Audience:Not Specified
Abstract / Description:We take further steps in the development of the characteristic approach to enable handling the physical problem of a compact self-gravitating object, such as a neutron star, in close orbit around a black hole. We examine different options for setting the initial data for this problem and, in order to shed light on their physical relevance, we carry out short time evolution of this data. To this end we express the matter part of the characteristic gravity code so that the hydrodynamics are in conservation form. The resulting gravity plus matter relativity code provides a starting point for more refined future efforts at longer term evolution. In the present work we find that, independently of the details of the initial gravitational data, the system quickly flushes out spurious gravitational radiation and relaxes to a quasi-equilibrium state with an approximate helical symmetry corresponding to the circular orbit of the star.
External Publication Status:published
Document Type:Article
Communicated by:Bernhard F. Schutz
Affiliations:MPI für Gravitationsphysik/Astrophysical Relativity
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