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Template banks for binary black hole searches with numerical relativity waveforms

Kumar, Prayush and MacDonald, Ilana and Brown, Duncan A. and Pfeiffer, Harald P. and Cannon, Kipp and Boyle, Michael and Kidder, Lawrence E. and Mroué, Abdul H. and Scheel, Mark A. and Szilágyi, Béla and Zenginoğlu, Anıl (2014) Template banks for binary black hole searches with numerical relativity waveforms. Physical Review D, 89 (4). Art. No. 042002. ISSN 2470-0010.

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Gravitational waves from coalescing stellar-mass black hole binaries (BBHs) are expected to be detected by the Advanced Laser Interferometer gravitational-wave observatory and Advanced Virgo. Detection searches operate by matched filtering the detector data using a bank of waveform templates. Traditionally, template banks for BBHs are constructed from intermediary analytical waveform models which are calibrated against numerical relativity simulations and which can be evaluated for any choice of BBH parameters. This paper explores an alternative to the traditional approach, namely, the construction of template banks directly from numerical BBH simulations. Using nonspinning BBH systems as an example, we demonstrate which regions of the mass-parameter plane can be covered with existing numerical BBH waveforms. We estimate the required number and required length of BBH simulations to cover the entire nonspinning BBH parameter plane up to mass ratio 10, thus illustrating that our approach can be used to guide parameter placement of future numerical simulations. We derive error bounds which are independent of analytical waveform models; therefore, our formalism can be used to independently test the accuracy of such waveform models. The resulting template banks are suitable for advanced LIGO searches.

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Additional Information:© 2014 American Physical Society. Received 13 November 2013; published 18 February 2014. We thank Steve Privitera for useful code contributions and Ian Harry, Alex Nitz, Stefan Ballmer, and the Gravitational-Wave group at Syracuse University for productive discussions. We also thank Mark Hannam and Thomas Dent for carefully reading through the manuscript and providing feedback. D. A. B., P. K., and H. P. P. are grateful for hospitality of the TAPIR group at the California Institute of Technology, where part of this work was completed. D. A. B. and P. K. also thank the LIGO Laboratory Visitors Program, supported by NSF cooperative agreement, Grant No. PHY-0757058, for hospitality during the completion of this work. K. C., I. M., A. H. M., and H. P. P. acknowledge support by NSERC of Canada, the Canada Chairs Program, and the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. We further acknowledge support from National Science Foundation, Grants No. PHY-0847611 (D. A. B. and P. K.); No. PHY-0969111 and No. PHY-1005426 (M. B., L. E. K.); and No. PHY-1068881, No. PHY-1005655, and No. DMS-1065438 (M. A. S., B. S., A. Z.). We are grateful for additional support through a Cottrell Scholar award from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement (D. A. B.) and from the Sherman Fairchild Foundation (M. B., L. E. K., M. A. S., B. S., A. Z.). Simulations used in this work were performed with the SpEC code [47]. Calculations were performed on the Zwicky cluster at Caltech, which is supported by the Sherman Fairchild Foundation and by NSF, Grant No. PHY-0960291; on the NSF XSEDE network under Grant No. TG-PHY990007N; on the Syracuse University Gravitation and Relativity cluster, which is supported by NSF, Grants No. PHY-1040231 and No. PHY-1104371 and Syracuse University ITS; and on the GPC supercomputer at the SciNet HPC Consortium [112]. SciNet is funded by the Canada Foundation for Innovation under the auspices of Compute Canada, the Government of Ontario, Ontario Research Fund–Research Excellence, and the University of Toronto.
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Issue or Number:4
Classification Code:PACS: 04.80.Nn, 95.55.Ym, 04.25.Nx, 04.25.dg
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Official Citation: Template banks for binary black hole searches with numerical relativity waveforms Prayush Kumar, Ilana MacDonald, Duncan A. Brown, Harald P. Pfeiffer, Kipp Cannon, Michael Boyle, Lawrence E. Kidder, Abdul H. Mroué, Mark A. Scheel, Béla Szilágyi, and Anıl Zenginoğlu Phys. Rev. D 89, 042002 (2014) – Published 18 February 2014
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