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SECULAR EVOLUTION OF COMPACT BINARIES NEAR MASSIVE BLACK HOLES: GRAVITATIONAL WAVE SOURCES AND OTHER EXOTICA
The environment near supermassive black holes (SMBHs) in galactic nuclei contains a large number of stars and compact objects. A fraction of these are likely to be members of binaries. Here weExpand
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Origin and Growth of Nuclear Star Clusters around Massive Black Holes
The centers of stellar spheroids less luminous than ~1010 L ☉ are often marked by the presence of nucleated central regions, called "nuclear star clusters" (NSCs). The origin of NSCs is stillExpand
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Dissipationless Formation and Evolution of the Milky Way Nuclear Star Cluster
In one widely discussed model for the formation of nuclear star clusters (NSCs), massive globular clusters spiral into the center of a galaxy and merge to form the nucleus. It is now known that atExpand
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Merging black hole binaries in galactic nuclei: implications for advanced-LIGO detections
Motivated by the recent detection of gravitational waves from the black hole binary merger GW150914, we study the dynamical evolution of black holes in galactic nuclei where massive star clustersExpand
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Henize 2-10: the ongoing formation of a nuclear star cluster around a massive black hole
The central region of the galaxy Henize 2-10 has a central black hole (BH) with a mass of about $2\times 10^6$ M$_\odot$. While this black hole does not appear to coincide with any central stellarExpand
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THE FINAL-PARSEC PROBLEM IN THE COLLISIONLESS LIMIT
A binary supermassive black hole loses energy via ejection of stars in a galactic nucleus, until emission of gravitational waves becomes strong enough to induce rapid coalescence. Evolution via theExpand
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RELATIVITY AND THE EVOLUTION OF THE GALACTIC CENTER S-STAR ORBITS
We consider the orbital evolution of the S-stars, the young main-sequence stars near the supermassive black hole (SBH) at the Galactic center, and put constraints on competing models for theirExpand
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Black hole mergers and blue stragglers from hierarchical triples formed in globular clusters
Hierarchical triple-star systems are expected to form frequently via close binary-binary encounters in the dense cores of globular clusters. In a sufficiently inclined triple, gravitationalExpand
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Binary Black Hole Mergers from Field Triples: Properties, Rates, and the Impact of Stellar Evolution
We consider the formation of binary black hole (BH) mergers through the evolution of field massive triple stars. In this scenario, favorable conditions for the inspiral of a BH binary are initiatedExpand
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Secular Evolution of Binaries near Massive Black Holes: Formation of Compact Binaries, Merger/Collision Products and G2-like Objects
Here we discuss the evolution of binaries around massive black holes (MBHs) in nuclear stellar clusters. We focus on their secular evolution due to the perturbation by the MBHs, while simplisticallyExpand
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