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GCN Circular 34692

LIGO/Virgo/KAGRA S230914ak: Identification of a GW compact binary merger candidate
2023-09-14T12:03:20Z (8 days ago)
Federico Armato <>
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The LIGO Scientific Collaboration, the Virgo Collaboration, and the
KAGRA Collaboration report:

We identified the compact binary merger candidate S230914ak during
real-time processing of data from LIGO Hanford Observatory (H1) and
LIGO Livingston Observatory (L1) at 2023-09-14 11:14:01.729 UTC (GPS
time: 1378725259.729). The candidate was found by the CWB [1], GstLAL
[2], PyCBC Live [3], and SPIIR [4] analysis pipelines.

S230914ak is an event of interest because its false alarm rate, as
estimated by the online analysis, is 9e-10 Hz, or about one in 35
years. The event's properties can be found at this URL:

The classification of the GW signal, in order of descending
probability, is BBH (>99%), Terrestrial (<1%), BNS (<1%), or NSBH

Assuming the candidate is astrophysical in origin, the probability
that the lighter compact object is consistent with a neutron star mass
(HasNS) is <1%. [5] Using the masses and spins inferred from the
signal, the probability of matter outside the final compact object
(HasRemnant) is <1%. [5] Both HasNS and HasRemnant consider the
support of several neutron star equations of state. The probability
that either of the binary components lies between 3 and 5 solar masses
(HasMassGap) is <1%.

Two sky maps are available at this time and can be retrieved from the
GraceDB event page:
 * bayestar.multiorder.fits,0, an initial localization generated by
BAYESTAR [6], distributed via GCN notice about 24 seconds after the
candidate event time.
 * bayestar.multiorder.fits,1, an initial localization generated by
BAYESTAR [6], distributed via GCN notice about 5 minutes after the
candidate event time.

The preferred sky map at this time is bayestar.multiorder.fits,1. For
the bayestar.multiorder.fits,1 sky map, the 90% credible region is
1863 deg2. Marginalized over the whole sky, the a posteriori
luminosity distance estimate is 2826 +/- 745 Mpc (a posteriori mean
+/- standard deviation).

For further information about analysis methodology and the contents of
this alert, refer to the LIGO/Virgo/KAGRA Public Alerts User Guide

 [1] Klimenko et al. PRD 93, 042004 (2016)
 [2] Tsukada et al. arXiv:2305.06286 (2023) and Ewing et al.
arXiv:2305.05625 (2023)
 [3] Dal Canton et al. ApJ 923, 254 (2021)
 [4] Chu et al. PRD 105, 024023 (2022)
 [5] Chatterjee et al. ApJ 896, 54 (2020)
 [6] Singer & Price PRD 93, 024013 (2016)

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