Metallicity-constrained merger rates of binary black holes and the stochastic gravitational wave background

Irina Dvorkin, Elisabeth Vangioni, Joseph Silk, Jean Philippe Uzan, Keith A. Olive

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The recent detection of the binary black hole merger GW150914 demonstrates the existence of black holes more massive than previously observed in X-ray binaries in our Galaxy. This article explores different scenarios of black hole formation in the context of self-consistent cosmic chemical evolution models that simultaneously match observations of the cosmic star formation rate, optical depth to reionization and metallicity of the interstellar medium. This framework is used to calculate the mass distribution of merging black hole binaries and its evolution with redshift. We also study the implications of the black hole mass distribution for the stochastic gravitational wave background from mergers and from core-collapse events.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3877-3885
Number of pages9
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1 2016



  • Black hole physics
  • binaries: General
  • gravitational waves
  • stars: Population III

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