Authors: Branson C. Stephens (1), William E. East (2), Frans Pretorius (2) ((1) UW-Milwaukee, (2) Princeton University)
Date: 16 May 2011
Abstract: Within the next few years gravitational waves (GWs) from merging black holes (BHs) and neutron stars (NSs) may be directly detected, making a thorough theoretical understanding of these systems a high priority. Such mergers are expected to result from primordial, quasi-circular BH-NS inspiral as well as dynamically formed capture binaries. The latter channel allows mergers with high eccentricity, resulting in a richer variety of outcomes. We perform general relativistic simulations of BH-NS interactions with a range of impact parameters, and find significant variation in the properties of these events that have potentially observable consequences, namely the GW signature, remnant accretion disk mass, and amount of unbound material.
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