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Search for gravitational waves from low mass compact binary coalescence in LIGO’s sixth science run and Virgo’s science runs 2 and 3

Abadie, J., Clark, James, Davies, Geraint, Dent, Thomas Edward, Edwards, Mark, Fairhurst, Stephen, Harry, Ian William, Jones, Gareth, Kamaretsos, Ioannis, MacDonald, Erin, MacLeod, Duncan M., McKechan, David, Messenger, Christopher, Nuttall, Laura, Predoi, Valeriu, Romano, Joseph David, Sathyaprakash, Bangalore Suryanarayana, Schutz, Bernard Frederick, Sutton, Patrick J., Veitch, John, LIGO Scientific Collaboration, and Virgo Collaboration, 2012. Search for gravitational waves from low mass compact binary coalescence in LIGO’s sixth science run and Virgo’s science runs 2 and 3. Physical Review D Particles and Fields 85 (8) , 082002. 10.1103/PhysRevD.85.082002

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Abstract

We report on a search for gravitational waves from coalescing compact binaries using LIGO and Virgo observations between July 7, 2009, and October 20, 2010. We searched for signals from binaries with total mass between 2 and 25M⊙; this includes binary neutron stars, binary black holes, and binaries consisting of a black hole and neutron star. The detectors were sensitive to systems up to 40 Mpc distant for binary neutron stars, and further for higher mass systems. No gravitational-wave signals were detected. We report upper limits on the rate of compact binary coalescence as a function of total mass, including the results from previous LIGO and Virgo observations. The cumulative 90% confidence rate upper limits of the binary coalescence of binary neutron star, neutron star-black hole, and binary black hole systems are 1.3×10-4, 3.1×10-5, and 6.4×10-6  Mpc-3 yr-1, respectively. These upper limits are up to a factor 1.4 lower than previously derived limits. We also report on results from a blind injection challenge.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Physics and Astronomy
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
Q Science > QC Physics
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Publisher: American Physical Society
ISSN: 0556-2821
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2019 02:46
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/47179

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