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 1-99Mȯ and total masses of 25-100Mȯ. 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 19Mȯ≤m1, m 2≤28Mȯ binary black-hole systems with negligible spin to be no more than 2.0Mpc-3Myr-1 at 90% confidence. © 2011 American Physical Society.
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Physical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
Abadie, J., Abbott, B., Abbott, R., Abernathy, M., Accadia, T., Acernese, F., Adams, C., Adhikari, R., Ajith, P., Allen, B., Allen, G., Amador Ceron, E., Amin, R., Anderson, S., Anderson, W., Antonucci, F., Arain, M., Araya, M., Aronsson, M., Aso, Y., Aston, S., Astone, P., Atkinson, D., Aufmuth, P., Aulbert, C., Babak, S., Baker, P., Ballardin, G., Ballinger, T., Ballmer, S., Barker, D., Barnum, S., & Barone, F. (2011). Search for gravitational waves from binary black hole inspiral, merger, and ringdown. Physical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology, 83 (12) https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevD.83.122005