Hypervelocity collisions of binary stars at the Galactic Centre
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CitationGinsburg, Idan, and Abraham Loeb. 2007. “Hypervelocity Collisions of Binary Stars at the Galactic Centre.” Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 376 (2): 492–96. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2966.2007.11461.x.
AbstractRecent surveys have identified seven hypervelocity stars (HVSs) in the halo of the Milky Way. Most of these stars may have originated from the breakup of binary star systems by the nuclear black hole SgrA*. In some instances, the breakup of the binary may lead to a collision between its member stars. We examine the dynamical properties of these collisions by simulating thousands of different binary orbits around SgrA* with a direct N-body integration code. For some orbital parameters, the two stars collide with an impact velocity lower than their escape velocity and may therefore coalesce. It is possible for a coalescing binary to have sufficient velocity to escape the galaxy. Furthermore, some of the massive S-stars near Sgr A* might be the merger remnants of binary systems, however this production method can not account for most of the S-stars.
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