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Observing gravitational-wave transient GW150914 with minimal assumptions

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Abbott, BP and Abbott, R and Siellez, K and Zweizig, J, LIGO Scientific Collaboration and Virgo Collaboration, Observing gravitational-wave transient GW150914 with minimal assumptions, Physical Review D: covering particles, fields, gravitation, and cosmology, 93, (12) Article 122004. ISSN 2470-0010 (2016) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.93.122004

Abstract

The gravitational-wave signal GW150914 was first identified on September 14, 2015, by searches for short-duration gravitational-wave transients. These searches identify time-correlated transients in multiple detectors with minimal assumptions about the signal morphology, allowing them to be sensitive to gravitational waves emitted by a wide range of sources including binary black hole mergers. Over the observational period from September 12 to October 20, 2015, these transient searches were sensitive to binary black hole mergers similar to GW150914 to an average distance of ∼600 Mpc. In this paper, we describe the analyses that first detected GW150914 as well as the parameter estimation and waveform reconstruction techniques that initially identified GW150914 as the merger of two black holes. We find that the reconstructed waveform is consistent with the signal from a binary black hole merger with a chirp mass of ∼30 M and a total mass before merger of ∼70 M in the detector frame.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:gravitational wave, GW150914, LIGO, binary black hole merger, black hole
Research Division:Physical Sciences
Research Group:Astronomical sciences
Research Field:General relativity and gravitational waves
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the physical sciences
UTAS Author:Siellez, K (Dr Karelle Siellez)
ID Code:152180
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:109
Deposited By:Physics
Deposited On:2022-08-12
Last Modified:2022-09-26
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