• Luc Blanchet

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    • Equations of motion of compact binaries at the third post-Newtonian order

      Luc Blanchet

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      The equations of motion of two point masses in harmonic coordinates are derived through the third post-Newtonian (3PN) approximation. The problem of selffield regularization (necessary for removing the divergent self-field of point particles) is dealt with in two separate steps. In the first step the extended Hadamard regularization is applied, resulting in equations of motion which are complete at the 3PN order, except for the occurrence of one and only one unknown parameter. In the second step the dimensional regularization (ind dimensions) is used as a powerful argument for fixing the value of this parameter, thereby completing the 3-dimensional Hadamard-regularization result. The complete equations of motion and associated energy at the 3PN order are given in the case of circular orbits.

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