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La physique de l’infiniment grand l’infiniment petit

28/03/2022 :Searching for the progenitors of the low-mass binary black-hole mergers

15 mars 2022

par M. Sylvain Chaty (APC) se déroulera lundi 28 mars 2022 à 14h00 dans la salle de conférence du LLR


I describe in this talk the formation history and progenitor properties of the low-mass binary black hole mergers, detected during the LIGO-Virgo observing runs, in the context of the isolated binary stellar evolution scenario. Their binary evolution is reproduced using the 1D-hydrodynamic stellar-evolution code MESA, adapted to include both the black hole formation and the unstable mass transfer during the crucial common-envelope phase. By taking into account the initial stellar binary distribution, and exploring a wide parameter space for intrinsic parameters, such as initial stellar mass, orbital separation, metallicity, and mass-transfer efficiency, we obtain the distribution for chirp mass, mass ratio, and merger time delay. We then predict the expected merger rates, in agreement with the LIGO-Virgo detections. The common-envelope phase plays a fundamental role in the binary evolution leading to low-mass binary black holes, since only the progenitors successfully going through this unstable mass-transfer phase are able to merge in less than a Hubble time. I finally discuss the implications of these low-mass binary black hole mergers, within the isolated binary stellar evolution scenario.

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