GWDAW-8 Abstract: Constraining binary black hole inspiral rates using observations of binary neutron stars

Richard O'Shaughnessy · Northwestern


The observed set of three binary pulars can be used to constrain models for population synthesis. We are varying the parameters entering into our binary-star evolution model (StarTrack), searching for the set of model parameters consistent with the observed number of galactic binary pulsars. More generally, we are trying to construct a (Bayesian) \emph{probability density} on our model parameter space to describe ``how likely'' various models are, given the data. With this probability, we hope then to find the most probable range for the binary-black hole inspiral rate (per milky-way-equivalent galaxy).