Physicists Edge Closer to Taming the Three-Body Problem

Physicists Edge Closer to Taming the Three-Body Problem

Now, a fresh perspective developed by physicist Barak Kol simplifies the probabilistic “three-body problem,” by looking at it from an abstract new perspective. The nature of this exit or exits, Kol believes, tell you everything there is to know about the statistical three-body problem. This theory “has made a huge dent in solving [the statistical three-body model],” said Viraj Manwadkar, a researcher at the University of Chicago helping to test the model. Eventually, he hopes for a nice equation that will describe its entire shape, solving the statistical three-body problem. A good statistical three-body solution could help astrophysicists at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) and future gravitational wave detectors understand their observations more deeply.

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