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Black Hole Inspirals and the Role of Isotropic Scattering

Rodenburg, Roy (2022) Black Hole Inspirals and the Role of Isotropic Scattering. Bachelor's Thesis, Physics.


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Here we will discuss the effects of an isotropic photon flux on the orbit of two orbiting black holes. An introduction to general relativity and classical scattering theory is given. We compute the effects of a perturbative force on the Kepler problem using the averaging principle from perturbation theory. We do simulations of scattering from two black holes at certain separations. We show that for Rutherford scattering, the resulting force on the black holes due to the scattering particles is negligible. However, using the general relativistic equations of motion gives a significantly larger force.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's Thesis)
Supervisor name: Roest, D. and Seri, M.
Degree programme: Physics
Thesis type: Bachelor's Thesis
Language: English
Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2022 12:21
Last Modified: 15 Jul 2022 12:21

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