Visualization of the binary black hole merger GW190814

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Visualisation of the coalescence of two black holes that inspiral and merge, emitting gravitational waves. One black hole is 9.2 times more massive than the other and both objects are non-spinning. The high mass-ratio amplifies gravitational wave overtones in the emitted signal. The gravitational-wave signal produced is consistent with the observation made by the LIGO and Virgo gravitational-wave detectors on August 14th, 2019 (GW190814).

Credit

© N. Fischer, S. Ossokine, H. Pfeiffer, A. Buonanno (Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics), Simulating eXtreme Spacetimes (SXS) Collaboration

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Close-up merger images

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Panorama images of all modes

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Panorama images of all modes (face on)

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Panorama images: the four different modes

l=2: quadrupolar mode (orange; m=+/-2)

l=3: octupolar mode (magenta, m=+/-3)

l=4: hexadecupolar mode (purple; m=+/-4)

l=5: 32-polar mode (blue; m=+/-5)

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Fig. 21: l=2: quadrupolar mode (m=+/-2)
Fig. 22: l=3: octupolar mode (m=+/-3)
Fig. 23: l=4: hexadecupolar mode (m=+/-4)
Fig. 24: l=5: 32-polar mode (m=+/-5)

Panorama images: the four different modes (face on)

l=2: quadrupolar mode (orange; m=+/-2)

l=3: octupolar mode (magenta, m=+/-3)

l=4: hexadecupolar mode (purple; m=+/-4)

l=5: 32-polar mode (blue; m=+/-5)

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Fig. 31: l=2: quadrupolar mode (m=+/-2)
Fig. 32: l=3: octupolar mode (m=+/-3)
Fig. 33: l=4: hexadecupolar mode (m=+/-4)
Fig. 34: l=5: 32-polar mode (m=+/-5)
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