Document Type

Article

Department/Program

Physics

Pub Date

2016

Volume

116

Issue

24

Sponsorship / Conference

Physical Review Letters

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-circle dot and 29(-4)(-4) M-circle dot; 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-circle dot 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.

DOI

10.1103/PhysRevLett.116.241102

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