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Featured I GW170608 - Another Binary Black Hole Merger Observed

  1. Dec 6, 2017 #21

    Baluncore

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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Academic_authorship#Growing_number_of_authors_per_paper
    This explains why there are now so many authors being listed in particle physics. It also explains how dead employees get listed as authors.
    It certainly makes a mockery of the concept of authorship.

     
  2. Dec 6, 2017 #22

    Dale

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    Note, those rules are created by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors. So they are designed to standardize authorship in the medical field. The structure of research is far different in the medical field. Those rules were generated to reflect different problems and some fairly public ethical breaches specific to medical research.
     
  3. Dec 6, 2017 #23

    mfb

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    Sure, I just used them as example that they cannot be applied everywhere.
    It is not a perfect system, but it is the best system for large collaborations that has been found so far.
     
  4. Dec 7, 2017 #24

    Dale

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    So getting back to the topic of the thread... Scientifically, do low mass or high mass mergers provide better tests of current theories and alternatives?
     
  5. Dec 7, 2017 #25

    mfb

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    They are the same process just scaled, so whatever gives the best signal to noise ratio should be best. The observed mergers are close to the ideal frequency range = ideal mass range, but to explore the whole process you want a broader distribution of events. Smaller black holes give more insight in the earlier inspiral process, larger black holes give more insight into the later phases and the ringdown process.
     
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