General Relativistic Simulations of the Quasicircular Inspiral and Merger of Charged Black Holes: GW150914 and Fundamental Physics Implications

Gabriele Bozzola, Vasileios Paschalidis

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Abstract

We perform general-relativistic simulations of charged black holes targeting GW150914. We show that the inspiral is most efficient for detecting black hole charge through gravitational waves and that GW150914 is compatible with having charge-to-mass ratio as high as 0.3. Our work applies to electric and magnetic charge and to theories with black holes endowed with U(1) (hidden or dark) charges. Using our results, we place an upper bound on the deviation from general relativity in the dynamical strong-filed regime of Moffat's modified gravity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number041103
JournalPhysical review letters
Volume126
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 26 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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