Authors: Michele Levi
Date: 21 Jul 2011
Abstract: We calculate the next-to-next-to-leading order (NNLO) spin1-spin2 dynamics of a compact binary evaluated at fourth post-Newtonian (PN) order. We use an effective field theory (EFT) approach, and first demonstrate here the ability of the EFT approach to go at NNLO in the PN corrections of spin effects. The NNLO spin1-spin2 interaction sector includes contributions from diagrams, which are not pure spin1-spin2 diagrams, as they arise from other sectors. These diagrams contribute through the leading order spin accelerations and precessions, that should be first taken into account here. The EFT calculation is carried out in terms of the nonrelativistic gravitational (NRG) fields. The fact that the spin is derivative-coupled adds significantly to the complexity of computations. In particular, for the irreducible two-loop diagrams, which are the most complicated in this sector, irreducible two-loop tensor integrals up to order 4 are encountered. Moreover, not all of the benefits of the NRG fields apply to spin interactions, as all possible diagram topologies are realized at each order of G included. Still, the NRG fields remain advantageous, and thus there was no use of automated computations in this work. Our final result can be reduced, and a NNLO spin1-spin2 Hamiltonian can be derived from it.
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