Sep 5 – 9, 2022
Europe/Rome timezone

Constraints on Compact Dark Matter from Gravitational-Wave Microlensing

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Hotel Ariston Via Laura, 13, 84047 Paestum SA


Mr Soummyadip Basak (ICTS-TIFR, Bangalore, India)


If a significant fraction of dark matter is in the form of compact objects, they will cause microlensing effects in the gravitational-wave signals observable by LIGO and Virgo. From the nonobservation of microlensing signatures in the binary black hole events from the first two observing runs and the first half of the third observing run, we constrain the fraction of compact dark matter in the mass range $10^2 –10^5 \mathrm{M_\odot}$ to be less than 50%–80% (details depend on the assumed source population properties and the Bayesian priors). These modest constraints will be significantly improved in the next few years with the expected detection of thousands of binary black hole events, providing a new avenue to probe the nature of dark matter.

Primary authors

Dr Ajit Mehta (ICTS-TIFR, Bangalore, India; Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute), Potsdam, Germany) Dr Apratim Ganguly (ICTS-TIFR, Bangalore, India; IUCAA, Pune, India) Mr Soummyadip Basak (ICTS-TIFR, Bangalore, India) Prof. Ajith P (ICTS-TIFR, Bangalore, India; Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar, Toronto, Canada) Dr Haris K (ICTS-TIFR, Bangalore, India; Nikhef, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Institute for Gravitational and Subatomic Physics (GRASP), Utrecht, The Netherlands) Prof. Shasvath Kapadia (ICTS-TIFR, Bangalore, India; IUCAA, Pune, India)

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