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No Evidence that the Majority of Black Holes in Binaries Have Zero Spin

  • Authors: Thomas A. Callister, Simona J. Miller, Katerina Chatziioannou, Will M. Farr

Thomas A. Callister et al 2022 The Astrophysical Journal Letters 937 .

  • Provider: AAS Journals

Caption: Figure 16.

Posterior on the parameters of the BetaSpike+TruncatedMicture component spin model, now using only GWTC-2 events (purple). The shaded region in the μ χ σ χ two-dimensional posterior is the region excluded by the prior cut on the shape parameters of the beta distribution α, β > 1. For reference, results using the full GWTC-3 event list are shown in orange; the GWTC-3 result is identical to the one presented in Figure 6. We find broadly consistent results between the two catalogs, including no requirement for a zero-spin subpopulation as well as a preference for spins misaligned by more than 90° relative to binaries’ Newtonian orbital angular momentum.

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