GW170608: observation of a 19 solar-mass binary black hole coalescence

B. P. Abbott, R. Birney, S. Jawahar, N. A. Lockerbie, S. Reid, K. V. Tokmakov, LIGO Scientific Collaboration, 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 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+7-2Mand 7+2-2M• (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+140-140Mpc, corresponding to redshift 0.07+0.03-0.03. We verify that the signal waveform is consistent with the predictions of general relativity.
LanguageEnglish
Pages1-11
Number of pages11
JournalAstrophysical Journal Letters
Volume851
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 18 Dec 2017

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Abbott, B. P. ; Birney, R. ; Jawahar, S. ; Lockerbie, N. A. ; Reid, S. ; Tokmakov, K. V. ; LIGO Scientific Collaboration ; Virgo Collaboration. / GW170608 : observation of a 19 solar-mass binary black hole coalescence. In: Astrophysical Journal Letters. 2017 ; Vol. 851, No. 2. pp. 1-11
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Abbott, BP, Birney, R, Jawahar, S, Lockerbie, NA, Reid, S, Tokmakov, KV, LIGO Scientific Collaboration & Virgo Collaboration 2017, 'GW170608: observation of a 19 solar-mass binary black hole coalescence' Astrophysical Journal Letters, vol. 851, no. 2, pp. 1-11. DOI: 10.3847/2041-8213/aa9f0c

GW170608 : observation of a 19 solar-mass binary black hole coalescence. / Abbott, B. P.; Birney, R.; Jawahar, S.; Lockerbie, N. A.; Reid, S.; Tokmakov, K. V.; LIGO Scientific Collaboration; Virgo Collaboration.

In: Astrophysical Journal Letters, Vol. 851, No. 2, 18.12.2017, p. 1-11.

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