Gravitational Waves from Gravitational Collapse

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Chris L. Fryer
Los Alamos National Laboratory
MS B227, T-6
Los Alamos, NM 87545
U.S.A.

Kimberly C. B. New
Los Alamos National Laboratory
MS T085, X-2
Los Alamos, NM 87545
U.S.A.

This article has been revised on 24 Jan 2006 (see changes in detail).

Abstract

Gravitational wave emission from stellar collapse has been studied for more than three decades. Current state-of-the-art numerical investigations of collapse include those that use progenitors with more realistic angular momentum profiles, properly treat microphysics issues, account for general relativity, and examine non-axisymmetric effects in three dimensions. Such simulations predict that gravitational waves from various phenomena associated with gravitational collapse could be detectable with ground-based and space-based interferometric observatories. This review covers the entire range of stellar collapse sources of gravitational waves: from the accretion induced collapse of a white dwarf through the collapse down to neutron stars or black holes of massive stars to the collapse of supermassive stars.

This 2006 revision was written by Chris L. Fryer and Kim New jointly.


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