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History of black holes revealed by their spin

Four probable detections of gravitational waves have so far been reported, each associated with the merger of two black holes. Analysis of the signals allows formation theories of such black-hole systems to be tested. See Letter p.426

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Figure 1: The spin properties of black-hole systems.

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