Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 437, 4000-4005 (2014/February-1)
R144: a very massive binary likely ejected from R136 through a binary-binary encounter.
OH S., KROUPA P. and BANERJEE S.
Abstract (from CDS):
R144 is a recently confirmed very massive, spectroscopic binary which appears isolated from the core of the massive young star cluster R136. The dynamical ejection hypothesis as an origin for its location is claimed improbable by Sana et al. due to its binary nature and high mass. We demonstrate here by means of direct N-body calculations that a very massive binary system can be readily dynamically ejected from an R136-like cluster, through a close encounter with a very massive system. One out of four N-body cluster models produces a dynamically ejected very massive binary system with a mass comparable to R144. The system has a system mass of ~355M☉ and is located at 36.8 pc from the centre of its parent cluster, moving away from the cluster with a velocity of 57km/s at 2 Myr as a result of a binary-binary interaction. This implies that R144 could have been ejected from R136 through a strong encounter with another massive binary or single star. In addition, we discuss all massive binaries and single stars which are ejected dynamically from their parent cluster in the N-body models.