LIGO Document G1900803-v1

Visualizing BNS and BBH detections for 2G and 3G detectors

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A diagram illustrating how BNS and 3030M☉ BBH coalescences are distributed in redshift, along with horizon redshifts for aLIGO O2, LIGO A+, LIGO Voyager, and Cosmic Explorer 2.

The coalescences are generated starting with a Madau-Dickinson SFR, and then evolved forward with an exponential merger time distribution with a characteristic delay of 100 Myr.

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A closely related version of this figure (with Cosmic Explorer 1 instead of Voyager) appears in the LIGO Laboratory whitepaper for the Astro2020 Decadal Survey (arXiv:1903.04615).
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