Journal Article

Stochastic background of gravitational waves generated by pre-galactic black holes

Eduardo S. Pereira and Oswaldo D. Miranda

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Published on behalf of The Royal Astronomical Society

Volume 401, issue 3, pages 1924-1932
Published in print January 2010 | ISSN: 0035-8711
Published online January 2010 | e-ISSN: 1365-2966 | DOI:
Stochastic background of gravitational waves generated by pre-galactic black holes

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In this work, we consider the stochastic background of gravitational waves (SBGWs) produced by pre-galactic stars, which form black holes in scenarios of structure formation. The calculation is performed in the framework of hierarchical structure formation using a Press–Schechter-like formalism. Our model reproduces the observed star formation rate at redshifts z≲ 6.5. The signal predicted in this work is below the sensitivity of the first generation of detectors but could be detectable by the next generation of ground-based interferometers. Specifically, correlating two coincident advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) detectors (LIGO III interferometers), the expected signal-to-noise ratio (S/N) could be as high as 90 (10) for stars forming at redshift z≃ 20 with a Salpeter initial mass function with slope x= 0.35 (1.35), and if the efficiency of generation of gravitational waves, namely, εGW is close to the maximum value ∼7 × 10−4. However, the sensitivity of the future third generation of detectors as, for example, the European antenna EGO could be high enough to produce S/N > 3 same with εGW∼ 2 × 10−5. We also discuss what astrophysical information could be derived from a positive (or even negative) detection of the SBGWs investigated here.

Keywords: black hole physics; gravitational waves; large-scale structure of Universe

Journal Article.  7113 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics

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