Speaker: Lionel London (MIT)

Title: A spheroidal harmonic picture for GWs from binary black holes

Abstract: Gravitational wave signal modeling is heavily influenced by the spin weighted spherical harmonic multipolar formalism; however, spin weighted spherical harmonics are only the angular "modes" for systems with zero angular momentum. In this talk we build upon recent results in black hole perturbation theory which illustrate that, when space-time angular momentum is accounted for, the resulting spheroidal harmonics display bi-orthogonality, and thereby allow for a novel spectral decomposition of gravitational radiation into spheroidal harmonic multipole moments. We discuss prospects for this multipolar perspective in the context of signal modeling for extreme and comparable mass-ratio binary black hole coalescences.

Room: Sala de Reuniões e Seminários (2nd Floor of physics building)