Authors: Alexandre Le Tiec, Luc Blanchet
Date: 23 Oct 2009
Abstract: The ringdown phase of a black hole formed from the merger of two orbiting black holes is described by means of the close-limit (CL) approximation starting from second-post-Newtonian (2PN) initial conditions. The 2PN metric of point-particle binaries is formally expanded in CL form and identified with that of a perturbed Schwarzschild black hole. The multipolar coefficients describing the even-parity (or polar) and odd-parity (axial) components of the linear perturbation consistently satisfy the 2PN-accurate perturbative field equations. We use these coefficients to build initial conditions for the Regge-Wheeler and Zerilli wave equations, which we then evolve numerically. The ringdown waveform is obtained in two cases: head-on collision with zero-angular momentum, composed only of even modes, and circular orbits, for which both even and odd modes contribute. In a separate work, this formalism is applied to the study of the gravitational recoil produced during the ringdown phase of coalescing binary black holes.
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