What GW170729's exceptional mass and spin tells us about its family tree

@article{Kimball2020WhatGE,
title={What GW170729's exceptional mass and spin tells us about its family tree},
author={Chase Kimball and C. Berry and V. Kalogera},
journal={arXiv: High Energy Astrophysical Phenomena},
year={2020},
volume={4},
pages={2}
}

Gravitational-wave observations give a unique insight into the formation and evolution of binary black holes. We use gravitational-wave measurements to address the question of whether GW170729's source, which is (probably) the most massive binary and the system with the highest effective inspiral spin, could contain a black hole which is a previous merger remnant. Using the inferred mass and spin of the system, and the empirically determined population of binary black holes, we compute the… Expand