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Binary NS Merging Rate Estimates

At present, it is possible to estimate binary NS merging rate in two ways: using the binary radiopulsar statistics observed and making various computations of binary stellar evolution.

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We emphasize that although theoretical merging rates are systematically higher than observational ones, both estimates do not contradict each other.

The main argument is that the first (observational) estimates of binary NS merging rate are based on the statistics of binary systems, in which only one of the components shines as radiopulsar, which is not at all the necessary condition for merging to occur. Thus the observational estimates are in fact only lower limits. There are also some selection effects that can change estimates from both groups.

Lipunov V.M.
Fri Nov 28 17:12:56 MSK 1997