We report on the methods and results of the first dedicated search for gravitational waves emitted during the inspiral of compact binaries with spinning component bodies. We analyze 788 hours of data collected during the third science run (S3) of the LIGO detectors. We searched for binary systems using a detection template family specially designed to capture the effects of the spin-induced precession of the orbital plane. We present details of the techniques developed to enable this search for spin-modulated gravitational waves, highlighting the differences between this and other recent searches for binaries with nonspinning components. The template bank we employed was found to yield high matches with our spin-modulated target waveform for binaries with masses in the asymmetric range 1.0M⊙
Abbott, B., et al. “Search of S3 LIGO Data for Gravitational Wave Signals from Spinning Black Hole and Neutron Star Binary Inspirals.” Physical Review D, vol. 78, no. 4, American Physical Society, Aug. 2008, p. 042002, doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.78.042002.
Physical Review D