GW170817: Implications for the Stochastic Gravitational-Wave Background from Compact Binary Coalescences

Abbott, R and Abbott, T D and Somala, S N et. al. (2018) GW170817: Implications for the Stochastic Gravitational-Wave Background from Compact Binary Coalescences. Physical Review Letters, 120. ISSN 0031-9007

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Abstract

The LIGO Scientific and Virgo Collaborations have announced the event GW170817, the first detection of gravitational waves from the coalescence of two neutron stars. The merger rate of binary neutron stars estimated from this event suggests that distant, unresolvable binary neutron stars create a significant astrophysical stochastic gravitational-wave background. The binary neutron star component will add to the contribution from binary black holes, increasing the amplitude of the total astrophysical background relative to previous expectations. In the Advanced LIGO-Virgo frequency band most sensitive to stochastic backgrounds (near 25 Hz), we predict a total astrophysical background with amplitude ΩGW(f=25  Hz)=1.8+2.7−1.3×10−9 with 90% confidence, compared with ΩGW(f=25  Hz)=1.1+1.2−0.7×10−9 from binary black holes alone. Assuming the most probable rate for compact binary mergers, we find that the total background may be detectable with a signal-to-noise-ratio of 3 after 40 months of total observation time, based on the expected timeline for Advanced LIGO and Virgo to reach their design sensitivity.

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Item Type: Article
Subjects: Civil Engineering
Divisions: Department of Civil Engineering
Depositing User: Team Library
Date Deposited: 20 May 2019 10:06
Last Modified: 20 May 2019 10:06
URI: http://raiith.iith.ac.in/id/eprint/5261
Publisher URL: https://journals.aps.org/prl/
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