Recent observational and theoretical results suggest that short-duration gamma-ray bursts (SGRBs) originate from the merger of compact binary systems of two neutron stars or a neutron star and a black hole. The observation of SGRBs with known redshifts allows astronomers to infer the merger rate of these systems in the local universe. We use data from the SWIFT satellite to estimate this rate to be in the range ∼500-1500 Gpc-3 yr-1. This result is consistent with earlier published results which were obtained through alternative approaches. We estimate the number of coincident observations of gravitational-wave signals with SGRBs in the advanced gravitational-wave detector era. By assuming that all SGRBs are created by neutron star-neutron star (neutron star-black hole) mergers, we estimate the expected rate of coincident observations to be in the range ≃ 0.2-1 (≃ 1-3) yr -1.
C. E. Petrillo et al., "Compact Object Coalescence Rate Estimation from Short Gamma-Ray Burst Observations," Astrophysical Journal, vol. 767, no. 2, Institute of Physics - IOP Publishing, Apr 2013.
The definitive version is available at https://doi.org/10.1088/0004-637X/767/2/140
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Gamma-ray burst: general; Gravitational waves
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