Interaction of Massive Black Hole Binaries with Their Stellar Environment : I . Ejection of Hypervelocity Stars

We use full three-body scattering experiments to study the ejection of hypervelocity stars (HVSs) by massive black hole binaries (MBHBs) at the center of galaxies. Ambient stars drawn from a Maxwellian distribution unbound to the binary are expelled by the gravitational slingshot. Accurate measurements of thermally averaged hardening, mass ejection, and… CONTINUE READING