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Upper limits on the rates of binary neutron star and neutron star-black hole mergers from Advanced LIGO's first observing run

Abbott, Benjamin P; Abbott, Richard; Abernathy, M; Abbott, T; Acernese, Fausto; Ackley, K; Adams, Catherine Anne; Adams, T; Addesso, P; Adhikari, Rana; Altin, Paul; Chow, Jong; Mansell, Georgia; McClelland, David; McManus, David; McRae, Terry; Nguyen, Thanh; Rabeling, David; Scott, Susan M; Shaddock, Daniel; Slagmolen, Bram; Wade, Andrew; Ward, Robert

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We report here the non-detection of gravitational waves from the merger of binary-neutron star systems and neutron star-black hole systems during the first observing run of the Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitationalwave Observatory (LIGO). In particular, we searched for gravitational-wave signals from binary-neutron star systems with component masses ∈[1, 3] M⊙? and component dimensionless spins <0.05. We also searched for neutron star-black hole systems with the same neutron star...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorAbbott, Benjamin P
dc.contributor.authorAbbott, Richard
dc.contributor.authorAbernathy, M
dc.contributor.authorAbbott, T
dc.contributor.authorAcernese, Fausto
dc.contributor.authorAckley, K
dc.contributor.authorAdams, Catherine Anne
dc.contributor.authorAdams, T
dc.contributor.authorAddesso, P
dc.contributor.authorAdhikari, Rana
dc.contributor.authorAltin, Paul
dc.contributor.authorChow, Jong
dc.contributor.authorMansell, Georgia
dc.contributor.authorMcClelland, David
dc.contributor.authorMcManus, David
dc.contributor.authorMcRae, Terry
dc.contributor.authorNguyen, Thanh
dc.contributor.authorRabeling, David
dc.contributor.authorScott, Susan M
dc.contributor.authorShaddock, Daniel
dc.contributor.authorSlagmolen, Bram
dc.contributor.authorWade, Andrew
dc.contributor.authorWard, Robert
dc.date.accessioned2018-11-29T22:56:36Z
dc.date.available2018-11-29T22:56:36Z
dc.identifier.issn2041-8205
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/153576
dc.description.abstractWe report here the non-detection of gravitational waves from the merger of binary-neutron star systems and neutron star-black hole systems during the first observing run of the Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitationalwave Observatory (LIGO). In particular, we searched for gravitational-wave signals from binary-neutron star systems with component masses ∈[1, 3] M⊙? and component dimensionless spins <0.05. We also searched for neutron star-black hole systems with the same neutron star parameters, black hole mass ∈[2, 99] M⊙, and no restriction on the black hole spin magnitude. We assess the sensitivity of the two LIGO detectors to these systems and find that they could have detected the merger of binary-neutron star systems with component mass distributions of 1.35 ± 0.13M⊙ at a volume-weighted average distance of ∼70 Mpc, and for neutron star-black hole systems with neutron star masses of 1.4M⊙ and black hole masses of at least 5M⊙, a volume-weighted average distance of at least ∼110 Mpc. From this we constrain with 90% confidence the merger rate to be less than 12,600 Gpc-3 yr-1 for binary-neutron star systems and less than 3600 Gpc-3 yr-1 for neutron star-black hole systems. We discuss the astrophysical implications of these results, which we find to be in conflict with only the most optimistic predictions. However, we find that if no detection of neutron star-binary mergers is made in the next two Advanced LIGO and Advanced Virgo observing runs we would place significant constraints on the merger rates. Finally, assuming a rate of -10+20 -7 Gpc-3 yr-1, short gamma-ray bursts beamed toward the Earth, and assuming that all short gamma-ray bursts have binary-neutron star (neutron star-black hole) progenitors, we can use our 90% confidence rate upper limits to constrain the beaming angle of the gamma-ray burst to be greater than -2°.3+1.7 -1.1 (-4°.3+3.1 -1.9)
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.publisherInstitute of Physics Publishing Ltd.
dc.sourceAstrophysical Journal Letters
dc.titleUpper limits on the rates of binary neutron star and neutron star-black hole mergers from Advanced LIGO's first observing run
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume832
dc.date.issued2016
local.identifier.absfor020199 - Astronomical and Space Sciences not elsewhere classified
local.identifier.ariespublicationa383154xPUB5115
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationAbbott, Benjamin P, California Institute of Technology
local.contributor.affiliationAbbott, Richard, California Institute of Technology
local.contributor.affiliationAbernathy, M, American University
local.contributor.affiliationAbbott, T, Louisiana State University
local.contributor.affiliationAcernese, Fausto, Universita di Salerno
local.contributor.affiliationAckley, K, University of Florida
local.contributor.affiliationAdams, Catherine Anne, LIGO Livingston Observatory
local.contributor.affiliationAdams, T, Université Savoie Mont Blanc
local.contributor.affiliationAddesso, P, University of Sannio at Benevento
local.contributor.affiliationAdhikari, Rana, LIGO - California Institute of Technology
local.contributor.affiliationAltin, Paul, College of Science, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationChow, Jong , College of Science, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationMansell, Georgia, College of Science, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationMcClelland, David, College of Science, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationMcManus, David, College of Science, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationMcRae, Terry, College of Science, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationNguyen, Thanh, College of Science, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationRabeling, David, College of Science, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationScott, Susan M, College of Science, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationShaddock, Daniel, College of Science, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationSlagmolen, Bram, College of Science, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationWade, Andrew, College of Science, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationWard, Robert, College of Science, ANU
local.bibliographicCitation.issue2
local.identifier.doi10.3847/2041-8205/832/2/L21
dc.date.updated2018-11-29T08:13:24Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-85000399268
local.identifier.thomsonID000389176100001
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