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Science. 2010 Aug 20;329(5994):927-30. doi: 10.1126/science.1191766.

Dual jets from binary black holes.

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Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics, Toronto, Ontario M5S 3H8, Canada.

Abstract

The coalescence of supermassive black holes--a natural outcome when galaxies merge--should produce gravitational waves and would likely be associated with energetic electromagnetic events. We have studied the coalescence of such binary black holes within an external magnetic field produced by the expected circumbinary disk surrounding them. Solving the Einstein equations to describe black holes interacting with surrounding plasma, we present numerical evidence for possible jets driven by these systems. Extending the process described by Blandford and Znajek for a single, spinning black hole, the picture that emerges suggests that the electromagnetic field extracts energy from the orbiting black holes, which ultimately merge and settle into the standard Blandford-Znajek scenario. Emissions along these jets could potentially be observable at large distances.

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20724629
DOI:
10.1126/science.1191766
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