Merging stellar-mass binary black holes

Ilya Mandel, Alison Farmer

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The LIGO and Virgo detectors have recently directly observed gravitational waves from several mergers of pairs of stellar-mass black holes, as well as from one merging pair of neutron stars. These observations raise the hope that compact object mergers could be used as a probe of stellar and binary evolution, and perhaps of stellar dynamics. This colloquium-style article summarizes the existing observations, describes theoretical predictions for formation channels of merging stellar-mass black-hole binaries along with their rates and observable properties, and presents some of the prospects for gravitational-wave astronomy
Original languageEnglish
JournalReviews of Modern Physics
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 15 Jun 2018

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