We study the collision of two highly boosted equal-mass, nonrotating black holes with generic impact parameter. We find such systems to exhibit zoom-whirl behavior when fine-tuning the impact parameter. Near the threshold of immediate merger the remnant black-hole Kerr parameter can be near maximal (a/M0.95) and the radiated energy can be as large as 35±5% of the center-of-mass energy.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Physical review letters|
|State||Published - Sep 22 2009|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physics and Astronomy(all)