Search for gravitational lensing signatures in LIGO-Virgo binary black hole events

O. A. Hannuksela, K. Haris, K. K. Y. Ng, S. Kumar, A. K. Mehta, D. Keitel, T. G. F. Li, P. Ajith

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We search for signatures of gravitational lensing in the binary black hole events detected by Advanced LIGO and Virgo during their first two observational runs. In particular, we look for three effects: 1) evidence of lensing magnification in the individual signals due to galaxy lenses, 2) evidence of multiple images due to strong lensing by galaxies, 3) evidence of wave optics effects due to point-mass lenses. We find no compelling evidence of any of these signatures in the observed gravitational wave signals. However, as the sensitivities of gravitational wave detectors improve in the future, detecting lensed events may become quite likely.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberL2
Number of pages10
JournalAstrophysical Journal Letters
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 19 Mar 2019


  • gr-qc
  • astro-ph.GA


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