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When is the peak energy of gravitational radiation

  1. Feb 14, 2016 #1

    wolram

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    When 2 black holes coalesce when is the peak energy created, when the BHs are close together or when they are fully merged.
     
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  3. Feb 14, 2016 #2

    jimgraber

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    Just at the last instant before they merge. The energy increases during the inspiral, and decreases during the ringdown.
    The very brief in-between phase, sometimes called the "plunge" or the "merger" is when the peak occurs.
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    Jim Graber
     
  4. Feb 14, 2016 #3

    wolram

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    Thanks Jim
     
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