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A burst search for gravitational waves from binary black holes

Pankow, C. and Klimenko, S. and Mitselmakher, G. and Yakushin, I. and Vedovato, G. and Drago, M. and Mercer, R. A. and Ajith, P. (2009) A burst search for gravitational waves from binary black holes. Classical and Quantum Gravity, 26 (20). Art. No. 204004. ISSN 0264-9381.

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Compact binary coalescence (CBC) is one of the most promising sources of gravitational waves. These sources are usually searched for with matched filters which require accurate calculation of the GW waveforms and generation of large template banks. We present a complementary search technique based on algorithms used in un-modeled searches. Initially designed for detection of un-modeled bursts, which can span a very large set of waveform morphologies, the search algorithm presented here is constrained for targeted detection of the smaller subset of CBC signals. The constraint is based on the assumption of elliptical polarization for signals received at the detector. We expect that the algorithm is sensitive to CBC signals in a wide range of masses, mass ratios and spin parameters. In preparation for the analysis of data from the fifth LIGO-Virgo science run (S5), we performed preliminary studies of the algorithm on test data. We present the sensitivity of the search to different types of simulated binary black hole waveforms. Also, we discuss how to extend the results of the test run into a search over all of the current LIGO-Virgo data set.

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Additional Information:Copyright © Institute of Physics and IOP Publishing Limited 2009. Received 14 May 2009, in final form 7 July 2009. Published 6 October 2009. Print publication: Issue 20 (21 October 2009). We gratefully acknowledge helpful discussions with Evan Ochsner, Ray Frey and Chad Hanna in the development of this paper. This work is funded by grants PHY-0555453 and PHY-0653057 from the National Science Foundation. This paper has been assigned the LIGO document number P0900062.
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Issue or Number:20
Classification Code:PACS numbers: 04.30.–w, 04.30.Tv, 97.60.Lf
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Official Citation:A burst search for gravitational waves from binary black holes C Pankow, S Klimenko, G Mitselmakher, I Yakushin, G Vedovato, M Drago, R A Mercer and P Ajith 2009 Class. Quantum Grav. 26 204004 (10pp) doi: 10.1088/0264-9381/26/20/204004
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