Gravitational-wave detection rates for compact binaries formed in isolation: LIGO/Virgo O3 and beyond
Using simulations performed with the population synthesis code uc(mobse), we compute the merger rate densities and detection rates of compact binary mergers formed in isolation for second- and third-generation gravitational wave detectors. We estimate how rates are affected by uncertainties on key stellar physics parameters, namely common envelope evolution and natal kicks. We estimate how future upgrades will increase the size of the available catalog of merger events, and we discuss features of the merger rate density that will become accessible with third-generation detectors.
Physical Review D
- Pub Date:
- September 2019
- General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology;
- Astrophysics - High Energy Astrophysical Phenomena
- 9 pages, 4 figures, 2 tables Matches the published version