Formation of double compact objects

V. Kalogera, K. Belczynski, C. Kim, R. O'Shaughnessy, B. Willems

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Current observations of double neutron stars provide us with a wealth of information that we can use to investigate their evolutionary history and the physical conditions of neutron star formation. Understanding this history and formation conditions further allow us to make theoretical predictions for the formation of other double compact objects with one or two black hole (BH) components and assess the detectability of such systems by ground-based gravitational-wave (GW) interferometers. In this paper we summarize our group's body of work in the past few years and we place our conclusions and current understanding in the framework of other work in this area of astrophysical research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-108
Number of pages34
JournalPhysics Reports
Issue number1-6
StatePublished - Apr 2007

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The work summarized here has been supported by a wide range of research funding sources. VK is grateful for support from NSF Gravitational Physics Grants no. PHYS-0121416 and PHY-0353111, a David and Lucile Packard Foundation Fellowship in Science and Engineering grant, and a Cottrell Scholar Award from the Research Corporation. K.B. acknowledges the support of KBN Grant no. 1P03D02228.


  • Binaries
  • Black holes
  • Gravitational waves
  • Neutron stars
  • Pulsars
  • Supernovae


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