Theory Seminars

Primordial black holes: a connection between GWTC-3 mergers and constraints on the early universe

by Dr Gabriele Franciolini (U. Rome La Sapienza)

IFAE Seminar Room (In-person seminar)

IFAE Seminar Room

In-person seminar


Primordial Black Holes (PBHs) might comprise a significant fraction of dark matter in the Universe and can give rise to observable signatures in current and future gravitational wave (GW) experiments. Focusing on the formation PBHs in the mass range probed by the LIGO/Virgo/KAGRA detectors, I will first discuss the main features of a population of PBH mergers, highlighting the smoking-gun signatures that can be searched for with current and future GW detectors. I will then discuss the results of a Bayesian multi-population inference of the GWTC-3 dataset including a subpopulation of PBH mergers and directly modelling curvature power spectrum parameters. This allows setting constraints on both the PBH abundance as well as on the inflationary dynamics underlying PBHs formation within the standard scenario.

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