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 1-99MÈ¯ and total masses of 25-100MÈ¯. 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 19MÈ¯â‰¤m1, m 2â‰¤28MÈ¯ binary black-hole systems with negligible spin to be no more than 2.0Mpc-3Myr-1 at 90% confidence. Â© 2011 American Physical Society.
J. Abadie, et. al., (2011) Search for gravitational waves from binary black hole inspiral merger and ringdown.Physical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology83:12. DOI: http://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevD.83.122005
Physical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology