LIGO Document G1601017-v2

The mass distribution of coalescing binary black holes from ground-based GW observations

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After the epochal discovery of a high-mass stellar black hole coalescence in 2015, the ground-based network of GW detectors is expected to observe tens of black hole merger events in the coming years. The rate and distribution of coalescing BH binaries over intrinsic (component masses and spins) and extrinsic (redshift) parameters are key outputs from these observations, which will enable us to test models of compact binary formation and evolution.
We show that a Bayesian analysis using outputs from existing pipelines is able to reconstruct the rate and mass distribution of a set of simulated signals injected into recolored data from an early commissioning run of Advanced LIGO, with appropriate uncertainty estimates.
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The presentation was given at the GR21 conference.
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