Distortion of Gravitational-Wave Signals by Astrophysical Environments

  title={Distortion of Gravitational-Wave Signals by Astrophysical Environments},
  author={Xian Chen},
  journal={Handbook of Gravitational Wave Astronomy},
  • Xian Chen
  • Published 16 September 2020
  • Physics, Geology
  • Handbook of Gravitational Wave Astronomy
Many objects discovered by LIGO and Virgo are peculiar because they fall in a mass range which in the past was considered unpopulated by compact object. Given the significance of the astrophysical implications, it is important to first understand how their masses are measured from gravitational-wave signals. How accurate is the measurement? Are there elements missing in our current model which may result in a bias? This chapter is dedicated to these questions. In particular, we will highlight… 

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