# Large Merger Recoils and Spin Flips from Generic Black Hole Binaries

@article{Campanelli2007LargeMR, 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}, year={2007}, volume={659}, 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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