Massive double compact object mergers: gravitational wave sources and r-process element production sites

  title={Massive double compact object mergers: gravitational wave sources and r-process element production sites},
  author={Nicki Mennekens and Dany Vanbeveren},
  journal={Astronomy and Astrophysics},
With our galactic evolutionary code that contains a detailed intermediate-mass and massive binary population model, we study the temporal evolution of the galactic population of double neutron star binaries, mixed systems with a neutron star and black hole component, and double black hole binaries. We computed the merger rates of these relativistic binaries and translate them into LIGO II detection rates. We demonstrate that accounting for the uncertainties in the relation “initial mass-final… 

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