AAS 203rd Meeting, January 2004
Session 104 Black Holes
Oral, Wednesday, January 7, 2004, 2:00-3:30pm, Centennial IV

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[104.02] Constraining the properties of the proposed supermassive black hole system in 3C66B: Limits from pulsar timing

F. A. Jenet (Jet Propulsion Laboratory), A. Lommen (Franklin and Marshall College), S. L. Larson (California Institute of Technology), Linqing Wen (LIGO Laboratory/California Institute of Technology)

Using pulsar timing data, limits are placed on the mass and eccentricity of the supermassive binary black hole (SBBH)system in 3C66B recently proposed by Sudou, Iguchi, Murata, & Taniguchi (2003). The proposed system will emit gravitational waves detectable in pulsar timing data. Since no gravitational waves are detected, it is concluded that the ``chirp mass'' of the SBBH must be less than that adopted by Sudou et al. General features of a gravitational wave detection scheme based on radio pulsar timing are also presented.

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