Authors: S. Foffa, R. Sturani
Date: 23 Nov 2011
Abstract: Gravitational radiation reaction affects the dynamics of gravitationally bound binary systems via "tail" terms which, at the lowest level, modify the conservative dynamics at fourth post-Newtonian order, as it was first computed by Blanchet and Damour. Here we re-produce this result using effective field theory techniques in the framework of the closed-time-path formalism. This tail term is the lowest order example of a short-distance singularity showing up in the conservative dynamics, and it is correctly taken into account within the effective field theory formalism.
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