Gravitational waves from binary black holes



Raman Research Institute, C.V. Raman Avenue, Sadashivanagar, Bangalore 560 080, India



Abstract. It is almost a century since Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational waves as

one of the consequences of his general theory of relativity. A brief historical overview including

Chandrasekhar’s contribution to the subject is first presented. The current status of the experimental

search for gravitational waves and the attendant theoretical insights into the two-body problem in

general relativity arising from computations of gravitational waves from binary black holes are then

broadly reviewed.


Keywords. Gravitational waves; binary black holes.


PACS Nos 04.25.Nx; 04.30.Db; 95.55.Ym