[0911.1274] The importance of precession in modelling the direction of the final spin from a black-hole merger

Authors: Enrico Barausse

Date: 6 Nov 2009

Abstract: The prediction of the spin of the black hole resulting from the merger of a generic black-hole binary system is of great importance to study the cosmological evolution of supermassive black holes. Several attempts have been recently made to model the spin via simple expressions exploiting the results of numerical-relativity simulations. Here I compare the results of all the simulations appeared so far in the literature with various formulas for the final spin magnitude and direction. I show that although all the formulas give reasonable results for the final spin magnitude, only the formula that I recently proposed in (Barausse & Rezzolla, Apj 704 L40) accurately predicts the final spin direction when applied to binaries with separations of hundred or thousands of gravitational radii. This makes my formula particularly suitable for cosmological merger-trees and N-body simulations, which provide the spins and angular momentum of the two black holes when their separation is of thousands of gravitational radii, and happens because my formula takes into account the post-Newtonian precession of the spins in a consistent manner.

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Nov 17, 2009

0911.1274 (/preprints)
2009-11-17, 11:46 [edit]


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