The Distribution of Recoil Velocities from Merging Black Holes

  title={The Distribution of Recoil Velocities from Merging Black Holes},
  author={Jeremy D. Schnittman and Alessandra Buonanno},
  journal={The Astrophysical Journal Letters},
  pages={L63 - L66}
We calculate the linear momentum flux from merging black holes (BHs) with arbitrary masses and spin orientations, using the effective-one-body (EOB) model. This model includes an analytic description of the inspiral phase, a short merger, and a superposition of exponentially damped quasi-normal ring-down modes of a Kerr BH. By varying the matching point between inspiral and ring-down, we can estimate the systematic errors generated with this method. Within these confidence limits, we find close… 

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