Institute of Astronomy

Life and adventures of supermassive black hole binaries: the mythical final-parsec problem

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Eugene Vasilyev (Oxford)10 March 2017Institute of Astronomy Galaxies Discussion Group

Abstract

I review our present understanding of the evolution of binary supermassive black holes -- how do they form, why do they eventually merge into a single black hole, and what happens afterwards, as well as discuss their possible observational signatures and perspectives of detection. I focus on the difficulties in bringing the two black holes to coalescence, which have been dubbed "the final-parsec problem", and on the recent possible solutions to it.

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