TITLE: GCN CIRCULAR
NUMBER: 37268
SUBJECT: LIGO/Virgo/KAGRA S240825ar: Identification of a GW compact binary merger candidate
DATE: 24/08/25 06:59:30 GMT
FROM: Zhi-Chao Zhao
The LIGO Scientific Collaboration, the Virgo Collaboration, and the KAGRA Collaboration report:
We identified the compact binary merger candidate S240825ar during real-time processing of data from LIGO Hanford Observatory (H1), LIGO Livingston Observatory (L1), and Virgo Observatory (V1) at 2024-08-25 05:51:46.979 UTC (GPS time: 1408600324.979). The candidate was found by the GstLAL [1], MBTA [2], and PyCBC Live [3] analysis pipelines.
S240825ar is an event of interest because its false alarm rate, as estimated by the online analysis, is 3.2e-09 Hz, or about one in 10 years. The event's properties can be found at this URL:
https://gracedb.ligo.org/superevents/S240825ar
The classification of the GW signal, in order of descending probability, is BBH (97%), NSBH (3%), Terrestrial (<1%), or BNS (<1%).
Assuming the candidate is astrophysical in origin, the probability that the lighter compact object is consistent with a neutron star mass (HasNS) is <1%. [4] Using the masses and spins inferred from the signal, the probability of matter outside the final compact object (HasRemnant) is <1%. [4] 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 4%.
Two sky maps are available at this time and can be retrieved from the GraceDB event page:
* bayestar.multiorder.fits,1, an initial localization generated by BAYESTAR [5], distributed via GCN notice about 30 seconds after the candidate event time.
* bayestar.multiorder.fits,2, an initial localization generated by BAYESTAR [5], distributed via GCN notice about 5 minutes after the candidate event time.
The preferred sky map at this time is bayestar.multiorder.fits,2. For the bayestar.multiorder.fits,2 sky map, the 90% credible region is 1203 deg2. Marginalized over the whole sky, the a posteriori luminosity distance estimate is 1342 +/- 380 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 https://emfollow.docs.ligo.org/.
[1] Tsukada et al. PRD 108, 043004 (2023) doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.108.043004 and Ewing et al. (2023) arXiv:2305.05625
[2] Aubin et al. CQG 38, 095004 (2021) doi:10.1088/1361-6382/abe913
[3] Dal Canton et al. ApJ 923, 254 (2021) doi:10.3847/1538-4357/ac2f9a
[4] Chatterjee et al. ApJ 896, 54 (2020) doi:10.3847/1538-4357/ab8dbe
[5] Singer & Price PRD 93, 024013 (2016) doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.93.024013