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Phys Rev Lett. 2016 Mar 25;116(12):121302. doi: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.116.121302. Epub 2016 Mar 24.

Anisotropies of Gravitational-Wave Standard Sirens as a New Cosmological Probe without Redshift Information.

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1
Department of Physics, Stanford University, Stanford, California 94305, USA.
2
Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Menlo Park, California 94025, USA.
3
Theoretical Astrophysics 350-17, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California 91125, USA.
4
Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics, Kyoto University, Kyoto 606-8502, Japan.
5
Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe, Todai Institutes for Advanced Study, the University of Tokyo, Kashiwa, Chiba 277-8583, Japan.

Abstract

Gravitational waves (GWs) from compact binary stars at cosmological distances are promising and powerful cosmological probes, referred to as the GW standard sirens. With future GW detectors, we will be able to precisely measure source luminosity distances out to a redshift z∼5. To extract cosmological information, previously proposed cosmological studies using the GW standard sirens rely on source redshift information obtained through an extensive electromagnetic follow-up campaign. However, the redshift identification is typically time consuming and rather challenging. Here, we propose a novel method for cosmology with the GW standard sirens free from the redshift measurements. Utilizing the anisotropies of the number density and luminosity distances of compact binaries originated from the large-scale structure, we show that, once GW observations will be well established in the future, (i) these anisotropies can be measured even at very high redshifts (z≥2), where the identification of the electromagnetic counterpart is difficult, (ii) the expected constraints on the primordial non-Gaussianity with the Einstein Telescope would be comparable to or even better than the other large-scale structure probes at the same epoch, and (iii) the cross-correlation with other cosmological observations is found to have high-statistical significance, providing additional cosmological information at very high redshifts.

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