Search for gravitational waves from intermediate mass binary black holes

J. Abadie, J.F.J. van den Brand, H.J. Bulten, D.S. Rabeling, Collaboration LIGO Sci, Collaboration Virgo

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Abstract

We present the results of a weakly modeled burst search for gravitational waves from mergers of nonspinning intermediate mass black holes in the total mass range 100-450M and with the component mass ratios between 11 and 41. The search was conducted on data collected by the LIGO and Virgo detectors between November of 2005 and October of 2007. No plausible signals were observed by the search which constrains the astrophysical rates of the intermediate mass black holes mergers as a function of the component masses. In the most efficiently detected bin centered on 88+88M, for nonspinning sources, the rate density upper limit is 0.13 per Mpc3 per Myr at the 90% confidence level. © 2012 American Physical Society.
Original languageEnglish
Article number102004
JournalPhysical Review D
Volume85
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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