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Full stack development for gravitational waveform modelling

Fauchon-Jones, Edward 2020. Full stack development for gravitational waveform modelling. PhD Thesis, Cardiff University.
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This thesis will present the results of several projects that each represent a specific stage in the life cycle of gravitational waveform model development. This thesis is split into two parts. Part I is about gravitational waveform development projects. Part II is about numerical methods and software development. The material presented in Part II all started as components of larger GW research projects. However these numerical methods and software patterns each had features that potentially had application to other areas of GW research or beyond. Part I will begin with Chapter 1 that presents the foundations of GW theory and the many frameworks and tools that exist to enable contemporary GW research. Chapter 2 will present a new GW model for neutron star black hole binary systems. Chapter 3 will present a new catalogue of numerical relativity (NR) simulations of binary black holes that will be used to construct an improved precessing GW model. Chapter 4 will present the results of investigations into GW model and NR accuracy requirements for third generation detectors and what is necessary to enable the next generation of GW models. Part II will begin with Chapter 5 that presents new linear modelling techniques that have been applied to GW modelling efforts. Chapter 6 will present the development of a repository of NR simulations for the LVC and the associated continuous integration framework. Finally Chapter 7 will present the development of a web-based service that has been used to perform on demand analysis of NR simulations. The beginning of the title of this thesis, Full stack development, is assumed from full stack web developers and reflects the idea that this thesis presents material from low level numerical methods up to high level parameter estimation.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Date Type: Completion
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Physics and Astronomy
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > QB Astronomy
Q Science > QC Physics
Uncontrolled Keywords: gravitational waves, black hole, neutron star, binary, numerical relativity, precession, parameter estimation, numerical relativity, numerical methods
Funders: European Research Council
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 9 December 2020
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2022 02:48

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