The Coalescence Rate of Double Neutron Star Systems

  title={The Coalescence Rate of Double Neutron Star Systems},
  author={Vassiliki Kalogera and Ramesh Narayan and David N. Spergel and Joseph H. Taylor},
We estimate the coalescence rate of close binaries with two neutron stars (NS) and discuss the prospects for the detection of NS–NS inspiral events by ground–based gravitational–wave observatories, such as LIGO. We derive the Galactic coalescence rate using the observed sample of close NS–NS binaries (PSR B1913+16 and PSR B1534+12) and examine in detail each of the sources of uncertainty associated with the estimate. Specifically, we investigate (i) the dynamical evolution of NS–NS binaries in… CONTINUE READING


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