Search for gravitational waves from binary black hole inspiral, merger, and ringdown

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We present the first modeled search for gravitational waves using the complete binary black-hole gravitational waveform from inspiral through the merger and ringdown for binaries with negligible component spin. We searched approximately 2 years of LIGO data, taken between November 2005 and September 2007, for systems with component masses of 1-99M&sun; and total masses of 25-100M&sun;. We did not detect any plausible gravitational-wave signals but we do place upper limits on the merger rate of binary black holes as a function of the component masses in this range. We constrain the rate of mergers for 19M&sun;≤m1, m2≤28M&sun; binary black-hole systems with negligible spin to be no more than 2.0Mpc-3Myr-1 at 90% confidence.


Original languageEnglish
JournalPhysical Review D
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2011


  • Gravitational radiation, and other observations, Data analysis: algorithms and implementation, Neutron stars, magnetic fields, Gravitational wave detectors and experiments, data management