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Black-hole remnants from black-hole-neutron-star mergers

Zappa, Francesco, Bernuzzi, Sebastiano, Pannarale, Francesco, Mapelli, Michela and Giacobbo, Nicola 2019. Black-hole remnants from black-hole-neutron-star mergers. Physical Review Letters 123 (4) , 041102. 10.1103/PhysRevLett.123.041102

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Observations of gravitational waves and their electromagnetic counterparts may soon uncover the existence of coalescing compact binary systems formed by a stellar-mass black hole and a neutron star. These mergers result in a remnant black hole, possibly surrounded by an accretion disk. The mass and spin of the remnant black hole depend on the properties of the coalescing binary. We construct a map from the binary components to the remnant black hole using a sample of numerical-relativity simulations of different mass ratios q, (anti)aligned dimensionless spins of the black hole aBH, and several neutron star equations of state. Given the binary total mass, the mass and spin of the remnant black hole can therefore be determined from the three parameters (q,aBH,Λ), where Λ is the tidal deformability of the neutron star. Our models also incorporate the binary black hole and test-mass limit cases and we discuss a simple extension for generic black-hole spins. We combine the remnant characterization with recent population synthesis simulations for various metallicities of the progenitor stars that generated the binary system. We predict that black-hole–neutron-star mergers produce a population of remnant black holes with masses distributed around 7  M⊙ and 9  M⊙. For isotropic spin distributions, nonmassive accretion disks are favored: no bright electromagnetic counterparts are expected in such mergers.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Physics and Astronomy
Publisher: American Physical Society
ISSN: 0031-9007
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 15 August 2019
Date of Acceptance: 25 July 2019
Last Modified: 05 May 2023 08:37

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