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Type: Journal article
Title: GW170608: observation of a 19 solar-mass binary black hole coalescence
Author: Abbott, B.
Abbott, R.
Abbott, T.
Acernese, F.
Ackley, K.
Adams, C.
Adams, T.
Addesso, P.
Adhikari, R.
Adya, V.
Affeldt, C.
Afrough, M.
Agarwal, B.
Agathos, M.
Agatsuma, K.
Aggarwal, N.
Aguiar, O.
Aiello, L.
Ain, A.
Ajith, P.
et al.
Citation: Astrophysical Journal Letters, 2017; 851(2):1-11
Publisher: IOP Publishing
Issue Date: 2017
ISSN: 2041-8205
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Daniel D Brown, Huy T Cao, Miftar Ganija, Won Kim, Eleanor J King, Jesper Munch, David J Ottaway, Peter J Veitch … et al.
Abstract: On 2017 June 8 at 02:01:16.49 UTC, a gravitational-wave (GW) signal from the merger of two stellar-mass black holes was observed by the two Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory detectors with a network signal-to-noise ratio of 13. This system is the lightest black hole binary so far observed, with component masses of ${12}_{-2}^{+7}\,{M}_{\odot }$ and ${7}_{-2}^{+2}\,{M}_{\odot }$ (90% credible intervals). These lie in the range of measured black hole masses in low-mass X-ray binaries, thus allowing us to compare black holes detected through GWs with electromagnetic observations. The source's luminosity distance is ${340}_{-140}^{+140}\,\mathrm{Mpc}$, corresponding to redshift ${0.07}_{-0.03}^{+0.03}$. We verify that the signal waveform is consistent with the predictions of general relativity.
Keywords: binaries: general – gravitational waves – stars: black holes
Rights: Original content from this work may be used under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 licence. Any further distribution of this work must maintain attribution to the author(s) and the title of the work, journal citation and DOI.
RMID: 0030080173
DOI: 10.3847/2041-8213/aa9f0c
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