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Binary SMBH

(BSMBH, Binary Supermassive Black Hole, Supermassive Binary Black Hole)
(co-orbiting supermassive black holes)

A Binary SMBH (Binary Supermassive Black Hole or BSMBH or Supermassive Binary Black Hole) is two co-orbiting Supermassive Black Holes. They are of interest because Gravitational Waves they would produce may be detectable, e.g., through Pulsar Timing Arrays. galaxies merge, typically each hosting a SMBH, and it is theorized that their respective SMBHs may fall into orbit. The resulting gravitational waves could become detectable if the orbit tightens sufficiently.

When the Black Holes orbit, the energy loss from gravitational waves draw them together, i.e., a Black Hole Merger, but above a certain distance apart, this would be taking too long, e.g., longer than the age of the universe. Tightening the orbit, and even entering orbit necessarily requires interaction with other masses. Dynamical Friction from stars explains a decline in orbit size to a point, but not sufficiently close to continue. The Final Parsec Problem is the question of how the orbit might continue to tighten while within the gap between these two influences.


(black holes,galaxies,object type)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supermassive_black_hole
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Binary_black_hole

Referenced by:
Black Hole Binary (BHB)
Black Hole Merger
Final Parsec Problem
Gravitational Wave (GW)
Hardness
Nanohertz Gravitational Waves
Pulsar Timing Array (PTA)

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