Université de GenèveDépartement de Physique ThéoriqueCAP Genève

The GW190521 Mass Gap Event and the Primordial Black Hole Scenario

4. September 2020
Cite as: 
V. De Luca, V. Desjacques, G. Franciolini, P. Pani, A. Riotto, (2020) [arXiv:2009.01728].
The LIGO/Virgo Collaboration has recently observed GW190521, the first binary black hole merger with at least the primary component mass in the mass gap predicted by the pair-instability supernova theory. This observation disfavors the standard stellar-origin formation scenario for the heavier black hole, motivating alternative hypotheses. We show that GW190521 cannot be explained within the Primordial Black Hole (PBH) scenario if PBHs do not accrete during their cosmological evolution, since this would require an abundance which is already in tension with current constraints. On the other hand, GW190521 may have a primordial origin if PBHs accrete efficiently before the reionization epoch.


Département de Physique Théorique
Université de Genève
24, quai Ernest Ansermet
1211 Genève 4
Directions & contact