Current observations of double neutron stars provide us with a wealth of information that we can use to investigate their evolutionary history and the physical conditions of neutron star formation. Understanding this history and formation conditions further allow us to make theoretical predictions for the formation of other double compact objects with one or two black hole (BH) components and assess the detectability of such systems by ground-based gravitational-wave (GW) interferometers. In this paper we summarize our group's body of work in the past few years and we place our conclusions and current understanding in the framework of other work in this area of astrophysical research.
- Pub Date:
- April 2007
- 55 pages, 16 figures, to appear in the Bethe Centennial Volume of Physics Reports, eds. G. E. Brown, V. Kalogera, E.P.J. van den Heuvel