All-sky search for gravitational wave emission from scalar boson clouds around spinning black holes in LIGO O3 data

The LIGO Scientific Collaboration, Virgo Collaboration, KAGRA Collaboration, R. Abbott, Ian Harry, Laura Nuttall, Andrew Lundgren

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Abstract

This paper describes the first all-sky search for long-duration, quasimonochromatic gravitational-wave signals emitted by ultralight scalar boson clouds around spinning black holes using data from the third observing run of Advanced LIGO. We analyze the frequency range from 20 to 610 Hz, over a small frequency derivative range around zero, and use multiple frequency resolutions to be robust towards possible signal frequency wanderings. Outliers from this search are followed up using two different methods, one more suitable for nearly monochromatic signals, and the other more robust towards frequency fluctuations. We do not find any evidence for such signals and set upper limits on the signal strain amplitude, the most stringent being ≈10−25
at around 130 Hz. We interpret these upper limits as both an “exclusion region” in the boson mass/black hole mass plane and the maximum detectable distance for a given boson mass, based on an assumption of the age of the black hole/boson cloud system.
Original languageEnglish
Article number102001
Number of pages28
JournalPhysical Review D
Volume105
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 9 May 2022

Keywords

  • UKRI
  • STFC

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