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Black hole disks in galactic nuclei

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Gravitational torques among objects orbiting a supermassive black hole drive the rapid reorientation of orbital planes in nuclear star clusters (NSCs), a process known as vector resonant relaxation. In this Letter, we determine the statistical equilibrium of systems with a distribution of masses, semimajor axes, and eccentricities. We average the interaction over the apsidal precession time and construct a Monte Carlo Markov chain method to sample the microcanonical ensemble of the NSC. We ex...

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10.1103/PhysRevLett.121.101101

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS
Department:
Physics
Sub department:
Theoretical Physics
Oxford college:
St Hugh's College
Role:
Author
ORCID:
0000-0002-4865-7517
Publisher:
American Physical Society
Journal:
Physical Review Letters More from this journal
Volume:
121
Issue:
10
Article number:
101101
Publication date:
2018-09-04
Acceptance date:
2018-07-24
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EISSN:
1079-7114
ISSN:
0031-9007
Language:
English
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Pubs id:
1128091
Local pid:
pubs:1128091
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2020-08-24

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