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Type: Journal article
Title: Properties of the binary black hole merger GW150914
Author: Abbott, B.
LIGO Scientific Collaboration
Virgo Collaboration
Abbott, R.
Abbott, T.
Abernathy, M.
Acernese, F.
Ackley, K.
Adams, C.
Adams, T.
Addesso, P.
Adhikari, R.
Adya, V.
Affeldt, C.
Agathos, M.
Agatsuma, K.
Aggarwal, N.
Aguiar, O.
Aiello, L.
Ain, A.
et al.
Citation: Physical Review Letters, 2016; 116(24):241102-1-241102-19
Publisher: American Physical Society
Issue Date: 2016
ISSN: 0031-9007
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B. P. Abbott ... S. E. Hollitt ... D. J. Hosken ... E. J. King ... J. Munch ... D. J. Ottaway ... P. J. Veitch ... et al. (The LIGO Scientific Collaboration and the Virgo Collaboration)
Abstract: On September 14, 2015, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) detected a gravitational-wave transient (GW150914); we characterize the properties of the source and its parameters. The data around the time of the event were analyzed coherently across the LIGO network using a suite of accurate waveform models that describe gravitational waves from a compact binary system in general relativity. GW150914 was produced by a nearly equal mass binary black hole of masses 36_{-4}^{+5}M_{⊙} and 29_{-4}^{+4}M_{⊙}; for each parameter we report the median value and the range of the 90% credible interval. The dimensionless spin magnitude of the more massive black hole is bound to be <0.7 (at 90% probability). The luminosity distance to the source is 410_{-180}^{+160}  Mpc, corresponding to a redshift 0.09_{-0.04}^{+0.03} assuming standard cosmology. The source location is constrained to an annulus section of 610  deg^{2}, primarily in the southern hemisphere. The binary merges into a black hole of mass 62_{-4}^{+4}M_{⊙} and spin 0.67_{-0.07}^{+0.05}. This black hole is significantly more massive than any other inferred from electromagnetic observations in the stellar-mass regime.
Keywords: LIGO Scientific Collaboration and Virgo Collaboration
Description: Published 14 June 2016
Rights: This article is available under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License. Further distribution of this work must maintain attribution to the author(s) and the published article’s title, journal citation, and DOI.
RMID: 0030049900
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.116.241102
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