Search for gravitational waves from compact binary coalescence in LIGO and Virgo data from S5 and VSR1

L. Barsotti, M Barsuglia, M.A. Barton, I. Bartos, R. Bassiri, M. Bastarrika, J. Bauchrowitz, Th.S. Bauer, B. Behnke, M.G. Beker, A. Belletoile, M. Benacquista, A. Bertolini, J. Betzwieser, Philip Charlton

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Abstract

We report the results of the first search for gravitational waves from compact binary coalescence using data from the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory and Virgo detectors. Five months of data were collected during the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory's S5 and Virgo's VSR1 science runs. The search focused on signals from binary mergers with a total mass between 2 and 35M'. No gravitational waves are identified. The cumulative 90%-confidence upper limits on the rate of compact binary coalescence are calculated for nonspinning binary neutron stars, black hole-neutron star systems, and binary black holes to be 8.7×10-3''yr-1'L10-1, 2.2×10-3''yr-1'L10-1, and 4.4×10-4''yr-1'L10-1, respectively, where L10 is 1010 times the blue solar luminosity. These upper limits are compared with astrophysical expectations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)102001(11pgs)-102011
JournalPhysical Review D (Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology)
Volume82
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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