##### Department of Mathematics,

University of California San Diego

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### Center for Computational Mathematics Seminar

## Niall O'Murchadha

#### Department of Physics \\ National University of Ireland

## Mathematical relativity and the black hole codes

##### Abstract:

The recent (surprising(?)) success of the numerical binary black hole collision codes poses a number of challenges for mathematical relativists. Following a quick overview of numerical relativity and the binary black hole problem, I will give my explanation as to why the codes worked. I will then focus on what I see as the key barriers that need be overcome to permit further development, and what contribution mathematical relativity can make to this exciting field. This talk will be aimed at the non-expert.

Host: Philip Gill

### April 8, 2008

### 11:00 AM

### AP&M 2402

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