Tracing Black Hole Mergers Through Radio Lobe Morphology

@article{Merritt2002TracingBH,
  title={Tracing Black Hole Mergers Through Radio Lobe Morphology},
  author={David Merritt and R. D. Ekers},
  journal={Science},
  year={2002},
  volume={297},
  pages={1310 - 1313}
}
Binary supermassive black holes are produced by galactic mergers as the black holes from the two galaxies fall to the center of the merged system and form a bound pair. The two black holes will eventually coalesce in an enormous burst of gravitational radiation. Here we show that the orientation of a black hole's spin axis would change dramatically even in a minor merger, leading to a sudden flip in the direction of any associated jet. We identify the winged or X-type radio sources with… Expand

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