Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/dsp01k3569668p
 Title: Gravitational Waves and Black Hole Formation Authors: Moreno, Ignacio Advisors: Pretorius, Frans Contributors: Jones, William C. Department: Physics Class Year: 2015 Abstract: We study the process of black hole formation caused from colliding gravitational compact objects (particles or stars). The collision of compact objects is modeled as self-gravitating fluid accompanied by a plane gravitational wave. It is theorized that when two gravitational waves collide they can produce produce a black hole, but the exact process explaining this phenomenon is not completely known. One possible explanation is the focusing effect that gravitational wave has on particles moving through it. Our thesis will run simulations exploring the effects of focusing on black hole formation for different gravitational wave distributions. Our results show that focusing plays a major role in the formation of black holes when two gravitational wave collide. Extent: 46 pages URI: http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/dsp01k3569668p Type of Material: Princeton University Senior Theses Language: en_US Appears in Collections: Physics, 1936-2020

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