Maximum Gravitational Recoil
Abstract
Recent calculations of gravitational radiation recoil generated during blackhole binary mergers have reopened the possibility that a merged binary can be ejected even from the nucleus of a massive host galaxy. Here we report the first systematic study of gravitational recoil of equalmass binaries with equal, but counteraligned, spins parallel to the orbital plane. Such an orientation of the spins is expected to maximize the recoil. We find that recoil velocity (which is perpendicular to the orbital plane) varies sinusoidally with the angle that the initial spin directions make with the initial linear momenta of each hole and scales up to a maximum of ∼4000kms^{1} for maximally rotating holes. Our results show that the amplitude of the recoil velocity can depend sensitively on spin orientations of the black holes prior to merger.
 Publication:

Physical Review Letters
 Pub Date:
 June 2007
 DOI:
 10.1103/PhysRevLett.98.231102
 arXiv:
 arXiv:grqc/0702133
 Bibcode:
 2007PhRvL..98w1102C
 Keywords:

 04.25.Dm;
 04.25.Nx;
 04.30.Db;
 04.70.Bw;
 Numerical relativity;
 PostNewtonian approximation;
 perturbation theory;
 related approximations;
 Wave generation and sources;
 Classical black holes;
 General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology;
 Astrophysics
 EPrint:
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