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Endpoint of the up-down instability in precessing binary black holes.

@article{Mould2020EndpointOT,
  title={Endpoint of the up-down instability in precessing binary black holes.},
  author={Matthew S. Mould and D. Gerosa},
  journal={arXiv: General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology},
  year={2020}
}
  • Matthew S. Mould, D. Gerosa
  • Published 2020
  • Physics
  • arXiv: General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology
  • Binary black holes in which both spins are aligned with the binary's orbital angular momentum do not precess. However, the up-down configuration, in which the spin of the heavier (lighter) black hole is aligned (anti-aligned) with the orbital angular momentum, is unstable to spin precession at small orbital separations. We first cast the spin precession problem in terms of a simple harmonic oscillator and provide a cleaner derivation of the instability onset. Surprisingly, we find that… CONTINUE READING

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