Relativistic mergers of black hole binaries have large, similar masses, low spins and are circular
Abstract
Gravitational waves are a prediction of general relativity, and with groundbased detectors now running in their advanced configuration, we will soon be able to measure them directly for the first time. Binaries of stellarmass black holes are among the most interesting sources for these detectors. Unfortunately, the many different parameters associated with the problem make it difficult to promptly produce a large set of waveforms for the search in the data stream. To reduce the number of templates to develop, one must restrict some of the physical parameters to a certain range of values predicted by either (electromagnetic) observations or theoretical modelling. In this work, we show that `hyperstellar' black holes (HSBs) with masses 30 ≲ M_{BH}/M_{⊙} ≲ 100, I.e black holes significantly larger than the nominal 10 M_{⊙}, will have an associated low value for the spin, I.e. a < 0.5. We prove that this is true regardless of the formation channel, and that when two HSBs build a binary, each of the spin magnitudes is also low, and the binary members have similar masses. We also address the distribution of the eccentricities of HSB binaries in dense stellar systems using a large suite of threebody scattering experiments that include binarysingle interactions and longlived hierarchical systems with a highly accurate integrator, including relativistic corrections up to O(1/c^5). We find that most sources in the detector band will have nearly zero eccentricities. This correlation between large, similar masses, low spin and low eccentricity will help to accelerate the searches for gravitationalwave signals.
 Publication:

Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
 Pub Date:
 May 2016
 DOI:
 10.1093/mnras/stw503
 arXiv:
 arXiv:1512.04897
 Bibcode:
 2016MNRAS.458.3075A
 Keywords:

 gravitational waves;
 relativistic processes;
 stars: kinematics and dynamics;
 Astrophysics  Cosmology and Nongalactic Astrophysics;
 Astrophysics  High Energy Astrophysical Phenomena;
 General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology
 EPrint:
 Accepted for publication MNRAS