The importance of priors on LIGO-Virgo parameter estimation: the case of primordial black holes

@article{Bhagwat2020TheIO,
  title={The importance of priors on LIGO-Virgo parameter estimation: the case of primordial black holes},
  author={Swetha Bhagwat and Valerio De Luca and Gabriele Franciolini and Paolo Pani and Antonio Walter Riotto},
  journal={Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics},
  year={2020},
  volume={2021},
  pages={037 - 037}
}
The black holes detected by current and future interferometers can have diverse origins. Their expected mass and spin distributions depend on the specifics of the formation mechanisms. When a physically motivated prior distribution is used in a Bayesian inference, the parameters estimated from the gravitational-wave data can change significantly, potentially affecting the physical interpretation of certain gravitational-wave events and their implications on theoretical models. As a case study… 

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