Properties of the Binary Black Hole Merger GW150914

(LIGO Scientific Collaboration and Virgo Collaboration)

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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+5M and 29-4+4M; 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

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number241102
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume116
Issue number24
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 14 2016

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(LIGO Scientific Collaboration and Virgo Collaboration) (2016). Properties of the Binary Black Hole Merger GW150914. Physical Review Letters, 116(24), [241102]. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.116.241102