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Testing gravitational-wave searches with numerical relativity waveforms: results from the first Numerical INJection Analysis (NINJA) project

Aylott, Benjamin and Baker, John G. and Boggs, William D. and Boyle, Michael and Brady, Patrick R. and Brown, Duncan A. and Brügmann, Bernd and Buchman, Luisa T. and Buonanno, Alessandra and Cadonati, Laura and Camp, Jordan and Campanelli, Manuela and Centrella, Joan and Chatterji, Shourov and Christensen, Nelson and Chu, Tony and Diener, Peter and Dorband, Nils and Etienne, Zachariah B. and Faber, Joshua and Fairhurst, Stephen and Farr, Benjamin and Fischetti, Sebastian and Guidi, Gianluca and Goggin, Lisa M. and Hannam, Mark and Herrmann, Frank and Hinder, Ian and Husa, Sascha and Kalogera, Vicky and Keppel, Drew and Kidder, Lawrence E. and Kelly, Bernard J. and Krishnan, Badri and Laguna, Pablo and Lousto, Carlos O. and Mandel, Ilya and Marronetti, Pedro and Matzner, Richard and McWilliams, Sean T. and Matthews, Keith D. and Mercer, R. Adam and Mohapatra, Satyanarayan R. P. and Mroué, Abdul H. and Nakano, Hiroyuki and Ochsner, Evan and Pan, Yi and Pekowsky, Larne and Pfeiffer, Harald P. and Pollney, Denis and Pretorius, Frans and Raymond, Vivien and Reisswig, Christian and Rezzolla, Luciano and Rinne, Oliver and Robinson, Craig and Röver, Christian and Santamaría, Lucía and Sathyaprakash, Bangalore and Scheel, Mark A. and Schnetter, Erik and Seiler, Jennifer and Shapiro, Stuart L. and Shoemaker, Deirdre and Sperhake, Ulrich and Stroeer, Alexander and Sturani, Riccardo and Tichy, Wolfgang and Liu, Yuk Tung and van der Sluys, Marc and van Meter, James R. and Vaulin, Ruslan and Vecchio, Alberto and Veitch, John and Viceré, Andrea and Whelan, John T. and Zlochower, Yosef (2009) Testing gravitational-wave searches with numerical relativity waveforms: results from the first Numerical INJection Analysis (NINJA) project. Classical and Quantum Gravity, 26 (16). Art. No. 165008. ISSN 0264-9381. doi:10.1088/0264-9381/26/16/165008.

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The Numerical INJection Analysis (NINJA) project is a collaborative effort between members of the numerical relativity and gravitational-wave data analysis communities. The purpose of NINJA is to study the sensitivity of existing gravitational-wave search algorithms using numerically generated waveforms and to foster closer collaboration between the numerical relativity and data analysis communities. We describe the results of the first NINJA analysis which focused on gravitational waveforms from binary black hole coalescence. Ten numerical relativity groups contributed numerical data which were used to generate a set of gravitational-wave signals. These signals were injected into a simulated data set, designed to mimic the response of the initial LIGO and Virgo gravitational-wave detectors. Nine groups analysed this data using search and parameter-estimation pipelines. Matched filter algorithms, un-modelled-burst searches and Bayesian parameter estimation and model-selection algorithms were applied to the data. We report the efficiency of these search methods in detecting the numerical waveforms and measuring their parameters. We describe preliminary comparisons between the different search methods and suggest improvements for future NINJA analyses.

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Additional Information:© Institute of Physics and IOP Publishing Limited 2009. Received 29 January 2009, in final form 30 June 2009. Published 3 August 2009. Print publication: Issue 16 (21 August 2009). We thank Alan Weinstein for helpful comments on this paper and the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (KITP) Santa Barbara for hospitality during the workshop ‘Interplay between Numerical Relativity and Data Analysis’, where the NINJA project was initiated. The Kavli Institute is supported by National Science Foundation grant PHY-0551164. This project was supported in part by DFG grant SFB/Transregio 7 ‘Gravitational Wave Astronomy’ (BB, MH, SH, DP, LR, US); by National Science Foundation grants PHY-0114375 (CGWP), PHY-0205155 (UIUC), PHY-0354842 (RM), DMS-0553302 (MB, LB, TC, KM, HP, MS), DMS-0553677 (LK, AM), PHY-0553422 (NC), PHY-0555436 (PL), PHY-0600953 (PB, LG, RAM, RV), PHY-0601459 (MB, LB, TC, KM, HP, MS), PHY-0603762 (AB, EO, YP), PHY-0649224 (BF), PHY-0650377 (UIUC), PHY-0652874 (FAU), PHY-0652929 (LK, AM), PHY-0652952 (LK, AM), PHY-0652995 (MB, LB, TC, KM, HP, MS), PHY-0653303 (PL, DS, MC, CL), PHY-0653321 (VK, IM, VR, MvdS), PHY-0653443 (DS), PHY-0653550 (LC), PHY-0701566 (ES), PHY-0701817 (PB, LG, RAM, RV), PHY-0714388 (MC, CL, YZ), OCI-0721915 (ES), PHY-0722315 (MC, CL), PHY-0745779 (FP), PHY-0801213 (FH), PHY-0838740 (BF, LS, VR) and NSF-0847611 (DB, LP); by NASA grants HST-AR-11763 (CL, MC, JF, YZ), NNG-04GK54G (UIUC), NNG-04GL37G (RM), NNG-05GG51G (LK, AM), NNG-05GG52G (MB, LB, TC, KM, HP, MS), 05-BEFS-05-0044 (GSFC), 06-BEFS06-19 (GSFC), 07-ATFP07-0158 (MC, CL, YZ), and NNX-07AG96G (UIUC), and by NSF cooperative agreement PHY-0107417 (DK, SC). BA was supported by a Vacation Bursary of the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. AV, JV and BS acknowledge support by the UK Science and Technology Facilities Council. SF acknowledges the support of the Royal Society. MH was supported by SFI grant 07/RFP/PHYF148. FP acknowledges support from the Alfred P Sloan Foundation. SH acknowledges support from DAAD grant D/07/13385, grant FPA-2007-60220 from the Spanish Ministry of Science and Education and VESF. MB, LB, TC, KM, HP and MS acknowledge support from the Sherman Fairchild Foundation and the Brinson Foundation. LK and AM acknowledge support from the Fairchild Foundation. BK and SM were supported by the NASA Postdoctoral Program at the Oak Ridge Associated Universities. SM was supported in part by the Leon A Herreid Graduate Fellowship. RS was supported by an EGO sponsored fellowship, EGO-DIR-105-2007. Computations were carried out under LRAC allocations MCA08X009 (PL, DS), TGMCA08X010 (FAU), TG-MCA02N014 (LSU), TG-MCA99S008 (UIUC), TG-PHY990002 (MB, LB, TC, LK, KM, AM, HP, MS), on LONI systems (LSU), and on the clusters at the AEI, Cardiff University, Northwestern University (NSF MRI grant PHY-0619274 to VK), the LIGO Laboratory, NASA Advanced Supercomputing Division (Ames Research Center), Syracuse University, LRZ Munich (BB, MH, SH, US), the University of Birmingham, the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee (NSF MRI grant PHY-0421416), and the RIT NewHorizons cluster. PACS numbers: 04.25.D−, 04.30.−w, 04.30.Tv, 04.80.Nn
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Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)SFB/Transregio 7 ‘Gravitational Wave Astronomy’
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)UNSPECIFIED
Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)UNSPECIFIED
Science Foundation, Ireland07/RFP/PHYF148
Alfred P. Sloan FoundationUNSPECIFIED
Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD)D/07/13385
Spanish Ministry of Science and EducationFPA-2007-60220
Virgo–EGO Scientific ForumUNSPECIFIED
Sherman Fairchild FoundationUNSPECIFIED
Brinson FoundationUNSPECIFIED
European Gravitational ObservatoryEGO-DIR-105-2007
Subject Keywords:PACS numbers: 04.25.D−, 04.30.−w, 04.30.Tv, 04.80.Nn
Issue or Number:16
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Official Citation:Testing gravitational-wave searches with numerical relativity waveforms: results from the first Numerical INJection Analysis (NINJA) project Benjamin Aylott, John G Baker, William D Boggs, Michael Boyle, Patrick R Brady, Duncan A Brown, Bernd Brügmann, Luisa T Buchman, Alessandra Buonanno, Laura Cadonati, Jordan Camp, Manuela Campanelli, Joan Centrella, Shourov Chatterji, Nelson Christensen, Tony Chu, Peter Diener, Nils Dorband, Zachariah B Etienne, Joshua Faber, Stephen Fairhurst, Benjamin Farr, Sebastian Fischetti, Gianluca Guidi, Lisa M Goggin, Mark Hannam, Frank Herrmann, Ian Hinder, Sascha Husa, Vicky Kalogera, Drew Keppel, Lawrence E. Kidder, Bernard J Kelly, Badri Krishnan, Pablo Laguna, Carlos O Lousto, Ilya Mandel, Pedro Marronetti, Richard Matzner, Sean T McWilliams, Keith D Matthews, R Adam Mercer, Satyanarayan R P Mohapatra, Abdul H Mroué, Hiroyuki Nakano, Evan Ochsner, Yi Pan, Larne Pekowsky, H arald P Pfeiffer, Denis Pollney, Frans Pretorius, Vivien Raymond, Christian Reisswig, Luciano Rezzolla, Oliver Rinne, Craig Robinson, Christian Röver, Lucía Santamaría, Bangalore Sathyaprakash, Mark A Scheel, Erik Schnetter, Jennifer Seiler, Stuart L Shapiro, Deirdre Shoemaker, Ulrich Sperhake, Alexander Stroeer, Riccardo Sturani, Wolfgang Tichy, Yuk Tung Liu, Marc van der Sluys, James R van Meter, Ruslan Vaulin, Alberto Vecchio, John Veitch, Andrea Viceré, John T Whelan and Yosef Zlochower 2009 Class. Quantum Grav. 26 165008 (51pp) doi: 10.1088/0264-9381/26/16/165008
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