Observational Consequences of Kicked Massive Black Holes

Date: 
12/08/2009 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Speaker: 
Marta Volonteri
Speaker affiliation: 
University of Michigan
Location: 
78-2120

I will present our recent work on spin evolution for massive black hole binaries in gas-rich galaxy mergers. We looked at how the interaction between black holes and the gas feeding them determines the spin magnitude and its orientation with respect to the orbital angular momentum. These parameters are relevant for predicting gravitational kick velocities. I will then embed these results in a cosmological context and discuss ejection probabilities and possible observational signatures of kicked BHs.
 

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