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      Quasars: redshifts of

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      We discuss the origin of the optical jets and the apparently associated cloud of QSOs in NGC 1097. There is a simple explanation for the jets in terms of ejection trails of supermassive black holes. In this interpretation, the trails provide the first direct evidence for the non-conservation of linear momentum in a two black hole collision. The cluster of quasars at the end of the jets is then naturally associated with objects which have been ejected by the merging pair of black holes. It is possible to interpret the spectral lines of these QSOs such that half of them are blueshifted relative to NGC 1097 while the other half is redshifted. We infer that the objects in the QSO cluster are not real QSOs but probably collapsed objects of lower mass. We argue that these objects are likely to represent the hypothetical population III black holes of Carretal.

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      Shirin Haque-Copilah1 D. Basu2 M. Valtonen3

      1. Department of Physics, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad, West Indies
      2. Department of Physics, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON - K1S 5B6, Canada
      3. Tuorla Observatory, Piikkio - 21500, Finland
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