Are the stellar-mass merging binary black holes, recently detected by their gravitational wave signal, of stellar or primordial origin? Answering this question will have profound implications for our understanding of the Universe, including the nature of dark matter, the early Universe and stellar evolution. We build on the idea that the clustering properties of merging binary black holes can provide information about binary formation mechanisms and origin. The cross-correlation of galaxy with gravitational wave catalogues carries information about whether black hole mergers trace more closely the distribution of dark matter vertical bar indicative of primordial origin vertical bar or that of stars harboured in luminous and massive galaxies vertical bar indicative of a stellar origin. We forecast the detectability of such signal for several forthcoming and future gravitational wave interferometers and galaxy surveys, including, for the first time in such analyses, an accurate modelling for the different merger rates, lensing magnification and other general relativistic effects. Our results show that forthcoming experiments could allow us to test most of the parameter space of the still viable models investigated, and shed more light on the issue of binary black hole origin and evolution.

GW×LSS: chasing the progenitors of merging binary black holes

G. Scelfo;N. Bellomo;A. Raccanelli;S. Matarrese;
2018

Abstract

Are the stellar-mass merging binary black holes, recently detected by their gravitational wave signal, of stellar or primordial origin? Answering this question will have profound implications for our understanding of the Universe, including the nature of dark matter, the early Universe and stellar evolution. We build on the idea that the clustering properties of merging binary black holes can provide information about binary formation mechanisms and origin. The cross-correlation of galaxy with gravitational wave catalogues carries information about whether black hole mergers trace more closely the distribution of dark matter vertical bar indicative of primordial origin vertical bar or that of stars harboured in luminous and massive galaxies vertical bar indicative of a stellar origin. We forecast the detectability of such signal for several forthcoming and future gravitational wave interferometers and galaxy surveys, including, for the first time in such analyses, an accurate modelling for the different merger rates, lensing magnification and other general relativistic effects. Our results show that forthcoming experiments could allow us to test most of the parameter space of the still viable models investigated, and shed more light on the issue of binary black hole origin and evolution.
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