Journal Article Primordial Black Hole Scenario for the Gravitational-Wave Event GW150914

Sasaki, Misao  ,  Suyama, Teruaki  ,  Tanaka, Takahiro  ,  Yokoyama, Shuichiro

117 ( 6 ) 2016-08-02 , American Physical Society
初検出された重力波の起源は原始ブラックホール? : 宇宙の始まりに迫る新理論. 京都大学プレスリリース. 2016-08-09.
We point out that the gravitational-wave event GW150914 observed by the LIGO detectors can be explained by the coalescence of primordial black holes (PBHs). It is found that the expected PBH merger rate would exceed the rate estimated by the LIGO Scientific Collaboration and the Virgo Collaboration if PBHs were the dominant component of dark matter, while it can be made compatible if PBHs constitute a fraction of dark matter. Intriguingly, the abundance of PBHs required to explain the suggested lower bound on the event rate, >2 events Gpc[-3]yr[-1], roughly coincides with the existing upper limit set by the nondetection of the cosmic microwave background spectral distortion. This implies that the proposed PBH scenario may be tested in the not-too-distant future.

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