GW150914: first results from the search for binary black hole coalescence with Advanced LIGO

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Abstract

On September 14, 2015 at 09:50:45 UTC the two detectors of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) simultaneously observed the binary black hole merger GW150914. We report the results of a matched-filter search using relativistic models of compact-object binaries that recovered GW150914 as the most significant event during the coincident observations between the two LIGO detectors from September 12 to October 20, 2015. GW150914 was observed with a matched filter signal-to-noise ratio of 24 and a false alarm rate estimated to be less than 1 event per 203 000 years, equivalent to a significance greater than 5.1 {\sigma}.
Original languageEnglish
Article number122003
JournalPhysical Review D
Volume93
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jun 2016

Bibliographical note

20 pages, 10 figures

Keywords

  • gr-qc
  • astro-ph.HE
  • astro-ph.IM

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