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Mass transfer between black holes

  1. Mar 17, 2008 #1
    Hypothetical scenario: A small black hole passes by a much larger black hole at a velocity large enough to avoid capture.

    Is there any chance that the tidal forces generated by the gravitational field of the larger black hole could cause part of the smaller black hole's mass-energy to transfer to the larger body?

    I suppose that I am asking in both the classical and quantum sense.

    Thank you for any information that you can provide.
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  3. Apr 1, 2008 #2
    Since mass-energy is boundless, e.g. non-local, there is not such thing as a discrete transfer in general relativity, both "objects" are interconnected during the lifetime of the universe with the exception of accelerated expansion scenarios.
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