Since little is known about the host galaxies of gamma-ray bursts, in particular their types and masses, we will present two extreme cases: (i) propagation in the potential of large spiral galaxy like the Milky Way, and (ii) propagation in empty space corresponding to e.g. globular cluster origin. The potential of a spiral galaxy can be described as the sum of three components: bulge, disk, and halo. A convenient way to describe the Galactic potential has been proposed by Miyamoto & Nagai (1975), while a series of more detailed models were constructed by Kuijken & Gilmore (1989). We assume that the distribution of binaries in our model galaxy follows the mass distribution in the young disk (Paczynski 1990). Our calculation follows the approach used by Bulik et al. (1998)
Each binary moves initially with the local rotational velocity in the galactic disk. After a supernova explosion we add an appropriate velocity, provided that the system survives the explosion. We calculate the orbit of each system until it merges, provided that the merger time is smaller than the Hubble time (20 Gyrs here).
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