The Unique Blazar OJ 287 and Its Massive Binary Black Hole Central Engine
AbstractThe bright blazar OJ 287 is the best-known candidate for hosting a nanohertz gravitational wave (GW) emitting supermassive binary black hole (SMBBH) in the present observable universe. The binary black hole (BBH) central engine model, proposed by Lehto and Valtonen in 1996, was influenced by the two distinct periodicities inferred from the optical light curve of OJ 287. The current improved model employs an accurate general relativistic description to track the trajectory of the secondary black hole (BH) which is crucial to predict the inherent impact flares of OJ 287. The successful observations of three predicted impact flares open up the possibility of using this BBH system to test general relativity in a hitherto unexplored strong field regime. Additionally, we briefly describe an ongoing effort to interpret observations of OJ 287 in a Bayesian framework. View Full-Text
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Dey, L.; Gopakumar, A.; Valtonen, M.; Zola, S.; Susobhanan, A.; Hudec, R.; Pihajoki, P.; Pursimo, T.; Berdyugin, A.; Piirola, V.; Ciprini, S.; Nilsson, K.; Jermak, H.; Kidger, M.; Komossa, S. The Unique Blazar OJ 287 and Its Massive Binary Black Hole Central Engine. Universe 2019, 5, 108.
Dey L, Gopakumar A, Valtonen M, Zola S, Susobhanan A, Hudec R, Pihajoki P, Pursimo T, Berdyugin A, Piirola V, Ciprini S, Nilsson K, Jermak H, Kidger M, Komossa S. The Unique Blazar OJ 287 and Its Massive Binary Black Hole Central Engine. Universe. 2019; 5(5):108.Chicago/Turabian Style
Dey, Lankeswar; Gopakumar, Achamveedu; Valtonen, Mauri; Zola, Stanislaw; Susobhanan, Abhimanyu; Hudec, Rene; Pihajoki, Pauli; Pursimo, Tapio; Berdyugin, Andrei; Piirola, Vilppu; Ciprini, Stefano; Nilsson, Kari; Jermak, Helen; Kidger, Mark; Komossa, Stefanie. 2019. "The Unique Blazar OJ 287 and Its Massive Binary Black Hole Central Engine." Universe 5, no. 5: 108.
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