New prospects in numerical relativity -- Black-hole binaries in Einstein-dilaton Gauss-Bonnet gravity
By Helvi Witek (Royal Society & Kings College London)
Thursday 14 Jun
Place: Aula 507 (Pere Pascual)
Despite the ever stronger observational support for general relativity (GR) as our standard model of gravity, open questions concerning, e.g., the nature of dark matter or the reconciliation of GR with quantum physics indicate the existence of a more fundamental theory of quantum gravity. While the exact theory is unknown, most candidate theories of quantum gravity predict modifications to GR. Black holes, and the gravitational wave signal emitted during their collision, provide a novel way to search for signatures of these underlying theories. To do so, however, requires accurate theoretical predictions of the waveforms, an undertaking that is still in its infancy.
In the present talk I will give a brief progress report on numerical relativity in modified gravity before focusing on the specific example of Einstein-dilaton Gauss-Bonnet gravity that involves higher curvature corrections to GR. In particular, I will report on the first studies of black-hole collisions in this theory.