Large Merger Recoils and Spin Flips from Generic Blackhole Binaries

@inproceedings{Campanelli2008LargeMR,
  title={Large Merger Recoils and Spin Flips from Generic Blackhole Binaries},
  author={Manuela Campanelli and Carlos O. Lousto and Yosef Zlochower and David Merritt},
  year={2008}
}
We report the first results from evolutions of a generic black-hole binary, i.e. a binary containing unequal mass black holes with misaligned spins. Our configuration, which has a mass ratio of 2 : 1, consists of an initially non-spinning hole orbiting a larger, rapidly spinning hole (specific spin a/m = 0.885), with the spin direction oriented −45 with respect to the orbital plane. We track the inspiral and merger for ∼ 2 orbits and find that the remnant receives a substantial kick of 454 km s… CONTINUE READING
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