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GW190425: observation of a compact binary coalescence with total mass ∼ 3.4 M⊙


Abbott, BP and Abbott, R and Siellez, K, et al., GW190425: observation of a compact binary coalescence with total mass ∼ 3.4 M⊙, The Astrophysical Journal Letters, 892, (1) Article L3. ISSN 2041-8205 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.3847/2041-8213/ab75f5


On 2019 April 25, the LIGO Livingston detector observed a compact binary coalescence with signal-to-noise ratio 12.9. The Virgo detector was also taking data that did not contribute to detection due to a low signal-to-noise ratio, but were used for subsequent parameter estimation. The 90% credible intervals for the component masses range from 1.12 to 2.52 M⊙ (1.461.87 M⊙ if we restrict the dimensionless component spin magnitudes to be smaller than 0.05). These mass parameters are consistent with the individual binary components being neutron stars. However, both the source-frame chirp mass 1.44+0.02-0.02M⊙ and the total mass 3.4+0.3-0.1M⊙ of this system are significantly larger than those of any other known binary neutron star (BNS) system. The possibility that one or both binary components of the system are black holes cannot be ruled out from gravitational-wave data. We discuss possible origins of the system based on its inconsistency with the known Galactic BNS population. Under the assumption that the signal was produced by a BNS coalescence, the local rate of neutron star mergers is updated to 2502810 Gpc-3yr-1.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:neuron stars, gravitational waves
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:150379
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:577
Deposited By:Physics
Deposited On:2022-06-10
Last Modified:2022-06-10

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