- Conference date: 8-11 September 2005
- Location: Lixourion, Kefallinia Island (Greece)
We provide some considerations on the excitation of black hole quasinormal modes (QNMs) in different physical scenarios. Considering a simple model in which a stream of particles accretes onto a black hole, we show that resonant QNM excitation by hyperaccretion requires a significant amount of fine‐tuning, and is quite unlikely to occur in nature. Then we summarize and discuss present estimates of black hole QNM excitation from gravitational collapse, distorted black holes and head‐on black hole collisions. We emphasize the areas that, in our opinion, are in urgent need of further investigation from the point of view of gravitational wave source modeling.
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