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Type: Journal article
Title: GW190521: a binary black hole merger with a total mass of 150 M⊙
Other Titles: GW190521: a binary black hole merger with a total mass of 150 M<NON-ASCII>⊙<NON-ASCII>
Author: Abbott, B.P.
Abbott, R.
Abbott, T.D.
Abraham, S.
Acernese, F.
Ackley, K.
Adams, C.
Adhikari, R.X.
Adya, V.B.
Affeldt, C.
Agathos, M.
Agatsuma, K.
Aggarwal, N.
Aguiar, O.D.
Aiello, L.
Ain, A.
Ajith, P.
Allen, G.
Allocca, A.
Aloy, M.A.
et al.
Citation: Physical Review Letters, 2020; 125(10):101102-1-101102-17
Publisher: American Physical Society
Issue Date: 2020
ISSN: 0031-9007
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R. Abbott, T. D. Abbott, S. Abraham, F. Acernese, K. Ackley, C. Adams ... et al.
Abstract: On May 21, 2019 at 03:02:29 UTC Advanced LIGO and Advanced Virgo observed a short duration gravitational-wave signal, GW190521, with a three-detector network signal-to-noise ratio of 14.7, and an estimated false-alarm rate of 1 in 4900 yr using a search sensitive to generic transients. If GW190521 is from a quasicircular binary inspiral, then the detected signal is consistent with the merger of two black holes with masses of 85 þ21 −14 M⊙ and 66 þ17 −18 M⊙ (90% credible intervals). We infer that the primary black hole mass lies within the gap produced by (pulsational) pair-instability supernova processes, with only a 0.32% probability of being below 65 M⊙. We calculate the mass of the remnant to be 142 þ28 −16 M⊙, which can be considered an intermediate mass black hole (IMBH). The luminosity distance of the source is 5.3 þ2.4 −2.6 Gpc, corresponding to a redshift of 0.82 þ0.28 −0.34 . The inferred rate of mergers similar to GW190521 is 0.13 þ0.30 −0.11 Gpc−3 yr−1.
Keywords: LIGO Scientific Collaboration and Virgo Collaboration
Rights: Published by the American Physical Society under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license. Further distribution of this work must maintain attribution to the author(s) and the published article’s title, journal citation, and DOI.
RMID: 1000026215
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.125.101102
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