[0907.1252] Cross section, final spin and zoom-whirl behavior in high-energy black hole collisions

Authors: U. Sperhake, V. Cardoso, F. Pretorius, E. Berti, T. Hinderer, N. Yunes

Date: 7 Jul 2009

Abstract: We study the collision of two highly boosted equal mass, nonrotating black holes with generic impact parameter. We find such systems to exhibit zoom-whirl behavior when fine tuning the impact parameter. Near the threshold of immediate merger the remnant black hole Kerr parameter can be near maximal (a/M about 0.95) and the radiated energy can be as large as 35% of the center-of-mass energy.

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Sep 09, 2009

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