Search for intermediate mass black hole binaries in the first observing run of Advanced LIGO

LIGO Scientific Collaboration, Virgo Collaboration

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Abstract

During their first observational run, the two Advanced LIGO detectors attained an unprecedented sensitivity, resulting in the first direct detections of gravitational-wave signals produced by stellar-mass binary black hole systems. This paper reports on an all-sky search for gravitational waves (GWs) from merging intermediate mass black hole binaries (IMBHBs). The combined results from two independent search techniques were used in this study: the first employs a matched-filter algorithm that uses a bank of filters covering the GW signal parameter space, while the second is a generic search for GW transients (bursts). No GWs from IMBHBs were detected; therefore, we constrain the rate of several classes of IMBHB mergers. The most stringent limit is obtained for black holes of individual mass 100 M-circle dot, with spins aligned with the binary orbital angular momentum. For such systems, the merger rate is constrained to be less than 0.93 Gpc(-3) yr(-1) in comoving units at the 90% confidence level, an improvement of nearly 2 orders of magnitude over previous upper limits.
Original languageEnglish
Article number022001
Number of pages14
JournalPhysical Review D
Volume96
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jul 2017
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • GRAVITATIONAL-WAVES
  • STAR
  • CANDIDATE
  • COALESCENCES
  • CLUSTERS
  • MERGERS
  • LIMITS
  • JET

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