We present a novel theoretical model to characterize the formation and coalescence sites of compact binaries in a cosmological context. This is based on the coupling between the binary population synthesis code SeBa with a simulation following the formation of a Milky Way-like halo in a well-resolved cosmic volume of 4 cMpc, performed with the GAMESH pipeline. We have applied this technique to investigate when and where systems with properties similar to the recently observed LIGO/VIRGO events are more likely to form and where they are more likely to reside when they coalesce. We find that more than 70 per cent of GW151226 and LVT151012-like systems form in galaxies with stellar mass M* > 108 M☉ in the redshift range [0.06-3] and [0.14-11.3], respectively. All GW150914-like systems form in low-metallicity dwarfs with M* < 5 × 106 M☉ at 2.4 ≤ z ≤ 4.2. Despite these initial differences, by the time they reach coalescence the observed events are most likely hosted by star-forming galaxies with M* > 1010 M☉. Due to tidal stripping and radiative feedback, a non-negligible fraction of GW150914-like candidates end-up in galaxies with properties similar to dwarf spheroidals and ultrafaint satellites.
|Titolo:||The formation and coalescence sites of the first gravitational wave events|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2017|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/mnrasl/slx118|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|