A tentative detection of gravitational-wave echoes in the post-merger signal of GW170817 has been recently claimed at significance level. It has been speculated that the signal might provide evidence for near-horizon quantum structures in the remnant exotic object. We point out that if the remnant object is an ultracompact neutron star, echoes are expected for objects with radius only slightly smaller than that of an ordinary neutron star. The reported echoes at ≈72 Hz are compatible with a toy model of incompressible star with mass approximately and radius close to the Buchdahl limit, . If confirmed, low-frequency gravitational-wave echoes would be in tension with all current neutron-star models and would have dramatic implications for nuclear physics and gravity.
Classical and Quantum Gravity
- Pub Date:
- August 2018
- General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology;
- Astrophysics - High Energy Astrophysical Phenomena;
- High Energy Physics - Phenomenology
- v3: 4 pages, 2 figures, extended discussion, results unchanged. Version accepted in CQG Letters