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GW170608: Observation of a 19-solar-mass Binary Black Hole Coalescence.

M. Ast, T. Adams, C. Austin, F. Baldaccini, M. K. M. Bader, P. Aufmuth, A. Allocca, A. Ain, M. C. Araya, L. Aiello, P. Astone, P. Addesso, T. D. Abbott, J. C. Barayoga, P. T. Baker, S. Bae, S. Ascenzi, O. D. Aguiar, V. B. Adya, C. Adams, S. M. Aston, F. Acernese, S. V. Angelova, B. Agarwal, M. Agathos, K. G. Arun, W. G. Anderson, C. Affeldt, B. C. Barish, D. V. Atallah, J. S. Areeda, M. Afrough, G. Allen, K. AultONeal, K. Arai, R. X. Adhikari, S. Antier, N. Arnaud, A. Ananyeva, P. Ajith, G. Ballardin, R. Abbott, C. Aulbert, D. Barker, B. P. Abbott, K. Ackley, S. Babak, S. Appert, B. Allen, N. Aggarwal, P. Bacon, A. Avila-Alvarez, S. W. Ballmer, G. Ashton, S. B. Anderson, A. Amato, LIGO Scientific Collaboration, S. E. Barclay, Virgo Collaboration, P. A. Altin, K. Agatsuma, S. Banagiri

On June 8, 2017 at 02:01:16.49 UTC, a gravitational-wave signal from the merger of two stellar-mass black holes was observed by the two Advanced LIGO detectors with a network signal-to-noise ratio of 13. This system is the lightest black hole binary so far observed, with component masses $12^{+7}_{-2}\,M_\odot$ and $7^{+2}_{-2}\,M_\odot$ (90% credible intervals). These lie in the range of measured black hole masses in low-mass X-ray binaries, thus allowing us to compare black holes detected through gravitational waves with electromagnetic observations. The source's luminosity distance is $340^{+140}_{-140}$ Mpc, corresponding to redshift $0.07^{+0.03}_{-0.03}$. We verify that the signal waveform is consistent with the predictions of general relativity.

Publisher URL: http://arxiv.org/abs/1711.05578

DOI: arXiv:1711.05578v1

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