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Critical phenomena at the threshold of immediate merger in binary black hole systems: the extreme mass ratio case

Critical phenomena at the threshold of immediate merger in binary black hole systems: the extreme mass ratio case
Critical phenomena at the threshold of immediate merger in binary black hole systems: the extreme mass ratio case
In numerical simulations of black hole binaries, Pretorius and Khurana [ Classical Quantum Gravity 24 S83 (2007)] have observed critical behavior at the threshold between scattering and immediate merger. The number of orbits scales as n?-?ln?|p-p*| along any one-parameter family of initial data such that the threshold is at p=p*. Hence, they conjecture that in ultrarelativistic collisions almost all the kinetic energy can be converted into gravitational waves if the impact parameter is fine-tuned to the threshold. As a toy model for the binary, they consider the geodesic motion of a test particle in a Kerr black hole spacetime, where the unstable circular geodesics play the role of critical solutions, and calculate the critical exponent ?. Here, we incorporate radiation reaction into this model using the self-force approximation. The critical solution now evolves adiabatically along a sequence of unstable circular geodesic orbits under the effect of the self-force. We confirm that almost all the initial energy and angular momentum are radiated on the critical solution. Our calculation suggests that, even for infinite initial energy, this happens over a finite number of orbits given by n??0.41/?, where ? is the (small) mass ratio. We derive expressions for the time spent on the critical solution, number of orbits and radiated energy as functions of the initial energy and impact parameter
1550-7998
084022-[17pp]
Gundlach, Carsten
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Akcay, Sarp
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Barack, Leor
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Sago, Norichika
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Gundlach, Carsten
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Akcay, Sarp
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Barack, Leor
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Sago, Norichika
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Gundlach, Carsten, Akcay, Sarp, Barack, Leor and Sago, Norichika (2012) Critical phenomena at the threshold of immediate merger in binary black hole systems: the extreme mass ratio case. Physical Review D, 86 (84022), 084022-[17pp]. (doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.86.084022).

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In numerical simulations of black hole binaries, Pretorius and Khurana [ Classical Quantum Gravity 24 S83 (2007)] have observed critical behavior at the threshold between scattering and immediate merger. The number of orbits scales as n?-?ln?|p-p*| along any one-parameter family of initial data such that the threshold is at p=p*. Hence, they conjecture that in ultrarelativistic collisions almost all the kinetic energy can be converted into gravitational waves if the impact parameter is fine-tuned to the threshold. As a toy model for the binary, they consider the geodesic motion of a test particle in a Kerr black hole spacetime, where the unstable circular geodesics play the role of critical solutions, and calculate the critical exponent ?. Here, we incorporate radiation reaction into this model using the self-force approximation. The critical solution now evolves adiabatically along a sequence of unstable circular geodesic orbits under the effect of the self-force. We confirm that almost all the initial energy and angular momentum are radiated on the critical solution. Our calculation suggests that, even for infinite initial energy, this happens over a finite number of orbits given by n??0.41/?, where ? is the (small) mass ratio. We derive expressions for the time spent on the critical solution, number of orbits and radiated energy as functions of the initial energy and impact parameter

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Published date: 2012
Organisations: Applied Mathematics

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Local EPrints ID: 347765
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/347765
ISSN: 1550-7998
PURE UUID: 7fa69846-7f34-48a5-844c-37033cbed0e0
ORCID for Carsten Gundlach: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-9585-5375

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Date deposited: 30 Jan 2013 11:39
Last modified: 20 Jul 2018 00:34

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