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2015MNRAS.451.1341L - Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 451, 1341-1349 (2015/August-1)

Implications of the eccentric Kozai-Lidov mechanism for stars surrounding supermassive black hole binaries.


Abstract (from CDS):

An enhanced rate of stellar tidal disruption events (TDEs) may be an important characteristic of supermassive black hole (SMBH) binaries at close separations. Here, we study the evolution of the distribution of stars around an SMBH binary due to the eccentric Kozai-Lidov (EKL) mechanism, including octupole effects and apsidal precession caused by the stellar mass distribution and general relativity. We identify a region around one of the SMBHs in the binary where the EKL mechanism drives stars to high eccentricities, which ultimately causes the stars to either scatter off the second SMBH or get disrupted. For SMBH masses 107 and 108M, the TDE rate can reach ∼ 10–2/yr and deplete a region of the stellar cusp around the secondary SMBH in ∼ 0.5 Myr. As a result, the final geometry of the stellar distribution between 0.01 and 0.1 pc around the secondary SMBH is a torus. These effects may be even more prominent in nuclear stellar clusters hosting a supermassive and an intermediate mass black hole.

Abstract Copyright: © 2015 The Authors Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society (2015)

Journal keyword(s): black hole physics - galaxies: kinematics and dynamics - galaxies: nuclei

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