GW170608

Observation of a 19 Solar-mass Binary Black Hole Coalescence

(LIGO Scientific Collaboration and Virgo Collaboration)

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Abstract

On 2017 June 8 at 02:01:16.49 UTC, a gravitational-wave (GW) signal from the merger of two stellar-mass blackholes was observed by the two Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory detectors with anetwork signal-to-noise ratio of 13. This system is the lightest black hole binary so far observed, with componentmasses of 12+7-2M7+2-2 (90% credible intervals). These lie in the range of measured black hole masses inlow-mass X-ray binaries, thus allowing us to compare black holes detected through GWs with electromagneticobservations. The source's luminosity distance is 340+140-140corresponding to redshift -0.07+0.03003. We verify thatthe signal waveform is consistent with the predictions of general relativity.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberL35
JournalAstrophysical Journal Letters
Volume851
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 20 Dec 2017

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Keywords

  • binaries: general
  • gravitational waves
  • stars: black holes

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(LIGO Scientific Collaboration and Virgo Collaboration). / GW170608 : Observation of a 19 Solar-mass Binary Black Hole Coalescence. In: Astrophysical Journal Letters. 2017 ; Vol. 851, No. 2.
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GW170608 : Observation of a 19 Solar-mass Binary Black Hole Coalescence. / (LIGO Scientific Collaboration and Virgo Collaboration).

In: Astrophysical Journal Letters, Vol. 851, No. 2, L35, 20.12.2017.

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