Host galaxy identification for binary black hole mergers with long baseline gravitational wave detectors

E. J. Howell, M. L. Chan, Q. Chu, D. H. Jones, I. S. Heng, H. M. Lee, D. Blair, J. Degallaix, T. Regimbau, H. Miao, C. Zhao, M. Hendry, D. Coward, C. Messenger, L. Ju, Z. H. Zhu

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The detection of black hole binary coalescence events by Advanced LIGO allows the science benefits of future detectors to be evaluated. In this paper, we report the science benefits of one or two 8 km arm length detectors based on the doubling of key parameters in an Advanced LIGOtype detector, combined with realizable enhancements. It is shown that the total detection rate for sources similar to those already detected would increase to ~ 103-105 per year. Within 0.4 Gpc, we find that around 10 of these eventswould be localizable to within ~ 10-1 deg2. This is sufficient to make unique associations or to rule out a direct association with the brightest galaxies in optical surveys (at r-band magnitudes of 17 or above) or for deeper limits (down to r-band magnitudes of 20) yield statistically significant associations. The combination of angular resolution and event rate would benefit precision testing of formation models, cosmic evolution, and cosmological studies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4385-4395
Number of pages11
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2018


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