On the Eccentricity Distribution of Coalescing Black Hole Binaries Driven by the Kozai Mechanism in Globular Clusters

@article{Wen2002OnTE,
  title={On the Eccentricity Distribution of Coalescing Black Hole Binaries Driven by the Kozai Mechanism in Globular Clusters},
  author={Linqing Wen},
  journal={The Astrophysical Journal},
  year={2002},
  volume={598},
  pages={419 - 430}
}
  • L. Wen
  • Published 22 November 2002
  • Physics
  • The Astrophysical Journal
In a globular cluster, hierarchical triple black hole systems can be produced through binary-binary interaction. It has been proposed recently that the Kozai mechanism could drive the inner binary of the triple system to merge before it is interrupted by interactions with other field stars. We investigate qualitatively and numerically the evolution of the eccentricities in these binaries under gravitational radiation (GR) reaction. We predict that ~30% of the systems will possess eccentricities… 

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