Evolution of Binary Compact Objects That Merge

@article{Bethe1998EvolutionOB,
  title={Evolution of Binary Compact Objects That Merge},
  author={Hans Albrecht Bethe and G. E. Brown},
  journal={The Astrophysical Journal},
  year={1998},
  volume={506},
  pages={780 - 789}
}
Beginning from massive binaries in the Galaxy, we evolve black hole-neutron star (BH-NS) binaries and binary neutron stars, such as the Hulse-Taylor system PSR 1913+16. The new point in our evolution is a quantitative calculation of the accretion of matter by a neutron star in a common-envelope evolution that sends it into a black hole. We calculate the mass of the latter to be ~2.4 M☉. The black hole fate of the first neutron star can only be avoided if the neutron star does not go through… 

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