# The Distribution of Recoil Velocities from Merging Black Holes

@article{Schnittman2007TheDO, title={The Distribution of Recoil Velocities from Merging Black Holes}, author={Jeremy D. Schnittman and Alessandra Buonanno}, journal={The Astrophysical Journal Letters}, year={2007}, volume={662}, 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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