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A gravitational-wave measurement of the Hubble constant following the second observing run of Advanced LIGO and Virgo

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Abbott, BP and Abbott, R and Siellez, K, et al., A gravitational-wave measurement of the Hubble constant following the second observing run of Advanced LIGO and Virgo, The Astrophysical Journal, 909, (2) Article 218. ISSN 1538-4357 (2021) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.3847/1538-4357/abdcb7

Abstract

This paper presents the gravitational-wave measurement of the Hubble constant (H0) using the detections from the first and second observing runs of the Advanced LIGO and Virgo detector network. The presence of the transient electromagnetic counterpart of the binary neutron star GW170817 led to the first standard-siren measurement of H0. Here we additionally use binary black hole detections in conjunction with galaxy catalogs and report a joint measurement. Our updated measurement is H0 = 69-8+16 km s−1 Mpc−1 (68.3% of the highest density posterior interval with a flat-in-log prior) which is an improvement by a factor of 1.04 (about 4%) over the GW170817-only value of 69-8+17 km s−1 Mpc−1. A significant additional contribution currently comes from GW170814, a loud and well-localized detection from a part of the sky thoroughly covered by the Dark Energy Survey. With numerous detections anticipated over the upcoming years, an exhaustive understanding of other systematic effects are also going to become increasingly important. These results establish the path to cosmology using gravitational-wave observations with and without transient electromagnetic counterparts.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:gravitational wave astronomy, Hubble constant
Research Division:Physical Sciences
Research Group:Astronomical sciences
Research Field:General relativity and gravitational waves
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the physical sciences
UTAS Author:Siellez, K (Dr Karelle Siellez)
ID Code:150245
Year Published:2021
Web of Science® Times Cited:54
Deposited By:Physics
Deposited On:2022-06-05
Last Modified:2022-06-06
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