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George Smoot (UCB/LBNL) "Reinterpreting Low Frequency LIGO/Virgo Events as Gravitationally-Lensed Magnified Stellar-Mass Black Hole Mergers at Cosmological Distances"
April 12, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Though dismissed by most, we claim that strong gravitational lensing of the gravitational waves for merging black holes explains the high mass binary black hole mergers observed by LIGO/Virgo explains the apparent 30 M_Sun events better than any alternative models.
It turns out to be difficult to make large mass black hole binaries in sufficient number to explain LIGO’s results. However, strong gravitational lensing of cosmological distant mergers can naturally explain them while the redshift of the orbital frequencies amplifies the observed apparent masses.