Large Merger Recoils and Spin Flips from Generic Black Hole Binaries

  title={Large Merger Recoils and Spin Flips from Generic Black Hole Binaries},
  author={Manuela Campanelli and Carlos O. Lousto and Yosef Zlochower and David Merritt},
  journal={The Astrophysical Journal Letters},
  pages={L5 - L8}
We report the first results from the evolution of generic black hole binaries, i.e., binaries containing unequal-mass black holes with misaligned spins. Our configuration, which has a mass ratio of 2 : 1, consists of an initially nonspinning 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… 

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