Balzan Lectures

Introduction to Numerical Relativity (1/2)

by Sebastiano Bernuzzi (Friedrich Schiller University Jena & IHES)

Centre de conférences Marilyn et James Simons (IHES)

Centre de conférences Marilyn et James Simons


Le Bois Marie 35, route de Chartres CS 40001 91893 Bures-sur-Yvette Cedex

Numerical General Relativity is the art of solving Einstein’s Field Equations with computational methods. These lectures will review the formalism currently employed for astrophysical simulations in strong-gravity, notably comprising compact binaries, gravitational collapse and gravitational waves. They will cover the following topics: 3+1 formulation of Einstein’s equations, the initial data problem, the evolution problem, the gauge choice and the extraction of gauge-invariant quantities. A selection of breakthrough results for gravitational-wave astronomy will also be presented.

Supported by the "2021 Balzan Prize for Gravitation: Physical and Astrophysical Aspects", awarded to Thibault Damour

Organized by

Thibault Damour