The distribution of mass ratios in compact object binaries

Tomasz Bulik*, Krzysztof Belczynski, Vassiliki Kalogera

*Corresponding author for this work

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Using the StarTrack population synthesis code we compute the distribution of masses of merging compact object (black hole or neutron star) binaries. The shape of the mass distribution is sensitive to some of the parameters governing the stellar binary evolution. We discuss the possibility of constraining stellar evolution models using mass measurements obtained from the detection of compact object inspiral with the upcoming gravitational-wave observatories.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)146-155
Number of pages10
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 2002
EventGravitational - Wave Detection - Waikoloa, HI, United States
Duration: Aug 23 2002Aug 25 2002


  • Binaries
  • Compact objects
  • Gravitational waves
  • Stellar evolution

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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