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Radiation reaction at 3.5 post-Newtonian order in effective field theory

Galley, Chad R. and Leibovich, Adam K. (2012) Radiation reaction at 3.5 post-Newtonian order in effective field theory. Physical Review D, 86 (4). Art. No. 044029. ISSN 0556-2821.

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We derive the radiation reaction forces on a compact binary inspiral through 3.5 order in the post-Newtonian expansion using the effective field theory approach. We utilize a recent formulation of Hamilton’s variational principle that rigorously extends the usual Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formalisms to dissipative systems, including the inspiral of a compact binary from the emission of gravitational waves. We find agreement with previous results, which thus provides a non-trivial confirmation of the extended variational principle. The results from this work nearly complete the equations of motion for the generic inspiral of a compact binary with spinning constituents through 3.5 post-Newtonian order, as derived entirely with effective field theory, with only the spin-orbit corrections to the potential at 3.5 post-Newtonian remaining.

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Additional Information:© 2012 American Physical Society. Received 6 June 2012; published 17 August 2012. We thank Ira Rothstein for useful discussions. C. R. G. was supported by the NASA Postdoctoral Program at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory administered by Oak Ridge Associated Universities through a contract with NASA. A. K. L. was supported in part by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. PHY-0854782.
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Classification Code:PACS: 04.25.Nx, 04.30.Db
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