Discovery of gravitational waves: a new chapter in black hole studies
Lomonosov Moscow State University, Shternberg State Astronomical Institute, Universitetskii prosp. 13, Moscow, 119889, Russian Federation
With the discovery of gravitational waves, a new space information channel has become available to scientists, and a new field of science, nonlinear dynamics of curved space-time (geometrodynamics for short) has been provided with an observational basis. The observation of gravitational waves is particularly interesting for understanding the nature of black holes. The observation of the last ring down stage during a binary black hole merger can in principle provide evidence for the existence of an event horizon for the newly formed black hole. The discovery of gravitational waves opens new possibilities for the massive discovery and investigation of new black holes in highly evolved binaries.