Virgo and LIGO unveil new and unexpected black hole populations

Virgo and LIGO have announced the detection of an extraordinarily
massive merging binary system: two black holes of 66 and 85 solar
masses, which generated a final black hole of 142 solar masses. Both the
initial black holes, as well as the remnant, lie in a range of mass that
has never before been observed, either via gravitational waves or with
electromagnetic observations.

The final black hole is the most massive ever detected with
gravitational waves. A crucial aspect is that this remnant belongs to
the class of the so-called intermediate-mass black holes (from a hundred
up to a hundred thousand times the mass of the Sun). Until today, very
few intermediate-mass black-hole candidates have been identified through
electromagnetic observations alone and the remnant of GW190521 is the
first observation of an intermediate-mass black hole via gravitational

This detection has a number of interesting implications. In particular
it is linked to one of the most fascinating and challenging puzzles for
astrophysicists and cosmologists: the origin of supermassive black holes.

APC teams were involved in the design and construction of the Advanced
Virgo instrument, as well as in the exploitation of scientific data.

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