Detection of Gravitational Wave Emission by Supermassive Black Hole Binaries Through Tidal Disruption Flares
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CitationHayasaki, Kimitake, and Abraham Loeb. 2016. “Detection of Gravitational Wave Emission by Supermassive Black Hole Binaries Through Tidal Disruption Flares.” Scientific Reports 6 (1): 35629. doi:10.1038/srep35629. http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/srep35629.
AbstractGalaxy mergers produce supermassive black hole binaries, which emit gravitational waves prior to their coalescence. We perform three-dimensional hydrodynamic simulations to study the tidal disruption of stars by such a binary in the final centuries of its life. We find that the gas stream of the stellar debris moves chaotically in the binary potential and forms accretion disks around both black holes. The accretion light curve is modulated over the binary orbital period owing to relativistic beaming. This periodic signal allows to detect the decay of the binary orbit due to gravitational wave emission by observing two tidal disruption events that are separated by more than a decade.
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