Authors: Luc Blanchet
Date: 21 Jul 2009
Abstract: Reliable predictions of general relativity theory are extracted using approximation methods. Among these, the powerful post-Newtonian approximation provides us with our best insights into the problems of motion and gravitational radiation of systems of compact objects. This approximation has reached an impressive mature status, because of important progress regarding its theoretical foundations, and the successful construction of templates of gravitational waves emitted by inspiralling compact binaries. The post-Newtonian predictions are routinely used for searching and analyzing the very weak signals of gravitational waves in current generations of detectors. High-accuracy comparisons with the results of numerical simulations for the merger and ring-down of binary black holes are going on. In this article we give an overview on the general formulation of the post-Newtonian approximation and present up-to-date results for the templates of compact binary inspiral.
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