Search for gravitational waves from intermediate mass binary black holes

Year: 2012

Authors: Abadie J., Abbott B.P., Abbott R., Abbott T.D., Abernathy M., Accadia T., Acernese F., Adams C., Adhikari R., Affeldt C., Agathos M., Agatsuma K., Ajith P., Allen B., Amador Ceron E., Amariutei D., Anderson S.B., Anderson W.G., Arai K., Arain M.A., Araya M.C., Aston S.M., Astone P., Atkinson D., Aufmuth P., Aulbert C., Aylott B.E., Babak S., Baker P., Ballardin G., Ballmer S., Barayoga J.C B., Barker D., Barone F., Barr B., Barsotti L., Barsuglia M., Barton M.A., Bartos I., Bassiri R., Bastarrika M., Basti A., Batch J., Bauchrowitz J., Bauer Th. S., Bebronne M., Beck D., Behnke B., Bejger M., Beker M.G., Bell A.S., Belletoile A., Belopolski I., Benacquista M., Berliner J.M., Bertolini A., Betzwieser J., Beveridge N., Beyersdorf P.T., Bilenko I.A., Billingsley G., Birch J., Biswas R., Bitossi M., Bizouard M.A., Black E., Blackburn J.K., Blackburn L., Blair D., Bland B., Blom M., Bock O., Bodiya T.P., Bogan C., Bondarescu R., Bondu F., Bonelli L., Bonnand R., Bork R., Born M., Boschi V., Bose S., Bosi L., Bouhou B., Braccini S., Bradaschia C., Brady P.R., Braginsky V.B., Branchesi M.,. Brau J.E, Breyer J., Briant T., Bridges D.O., Brillet A., Brinkmann M., Brisson V., Britzger M., Brooks A.F., Brown D.A., Bulik T., Bulten H.J., Buonanno A., Burguet-Castell J., Buskulic D., Buy C., Byer R.L., Cadonati L., Cagnoli G., Calloni E., Camp J.B., Campsie P., Cannizzo J., Cannon K., Canuel B., Cao J., Capano C.D., Carbognani F., Carbone L., Caride S., Caudill S., Cavaglià M., Cavalier F., Cavalieri R., Cella G., Cepeda C., Cesarini E., Chaibi O., Chalermsongsak T., Charlton P., Chassande-Mottin E., Chelkowski S., Chen W., Chen X., Chen Y., Chincarini A., Chiummo A., Cho H.S., Chow J., Christensen N., Chua S.S.Y., Chung C.T.Y., Chung S., Ciani G., Clara F., Clark D.E., Clark J., Clayton J.H., Cleva F., Coccia E., Cohadon P.-F., Colacino C.N., Colas J., Colla A., Colombini M., Conte A., Conte R., Cook D., Corbitt T.R., Cordier M., Cornish N., Corsi A., Costa C.A., Coughlin M., Coulon J.-P., Couvares P., Coward D.M., Cowart M., Coyne D.C., Creighton J.D.E., Creighton T.D., Cruise A.M., Cumming A., Cunningham L., Cuoco E., Cutler R.M., Dahl K., Danilishin S.L., Dannenberg R., D’Antonio S., Danzmann K., Dattilo V., Daudert B., Daveloza H., Davier M., Daw E.J., Day R., Dayanga T., De Rosa R., DeBra D., Debreczeni G., Del Pozzo W., del Prete M., Dent T., Dergachev V., DeRosa R., DeSalvo R., Dhurandhar S., Di Fiore L., Di Lieto A., Di Palma I., Di Paolo Emilio M., Di Virgilio A., Díaz M., Dietz A., Donovan F., Dooley K.L., Drago M., Drever R.W.P., Driggers J.C., Du Z., Dumas J.-C., Dwyer S., Eberle T., Edgar M., Edwards M., Effler A., Ehrens P., Endrőczi G., Engel R., Etzel T., Evans K., Evans M., Evans T., Factourovich M., Fafone V., Fairhurst S., Fan Y., Farr B.F., Fazi D., Fehrmann H., Feldbaum D., Feroz F., Ferrante I., Fidecaro F., Finn L.S., Fiori I., Fisher R.P., Flaminio R., Flanigan M., Foley S., Forsi E., Forte L.A., Fotopoulos N., Fournier J.-D., Franc J., Frasca S., Frasconi F., Frede M., Frei M., Frei Z., Freise A., Frey R., Fricke T.T., Friedrich D., Fritschel P., Frolov V.V., Fujimoto M.-K., Fulda P.J., Fyffe M., Gair J., Galimberti M., Gammaitoni L., Garcia J., Garufi F., Gáspár M.E., Gemme G., Geng R., Genin E., Gennai A., Gergely L.Á., Ghosh S., Giaime J.A., Giampanis S., Giardina K.D., Giazotto A., Gil S., Gill C., Gleason J., Goetz E., Goggin L.M., González G., Gorodetsky M.L., Goßler S., Gouaty R., Graef C., Graff P.B., Granata M., Grant A., Gras S., Gray C., Gray N., Greenhalgh R.J.S., Gretarsson A.M., Greverie C., Grosso R., Grote H., Grunewald S., Guidi G.M., Guido C., Gupta R., Gustafson E.K., Gustafson R., Ha T., Hallam J. M., Hammer D., Hammond G., Hanks J., Hanna C., Hanson J., Harms J., Harry G.M., Harry I.W., Harstad E.D., Hartman M.T., Haughian K., Hayama K., Hayau J.-F., Heefner J., Heidmann A., Heintze M. C., Heitmann H., Hello P.,. Hendry M.A, Heng I.S., Heptonstall A.W., Herrera V., Hewitson M., Hild S., Hoak D., Hodge K.A., Holt K., Holtrop M., Hong T., Hooper S., Hosken D.J., Hough J., Howell E.J., Hughey B., Husa S., Huttner S.H., Huynh-Dinh T., Ingram D.R., Inta R., Isogai T., Ivanov A., Izumi K., Jacobson M., James E., Jang Y.J., Jaranowski P., Jesse E., Johnson W.W., Jones D.I., Jones G., Jones R., Ju L., Kalmus P., Kalogera V., Kandhasamy S., Kang G., Kanner J.B., Kasturi R., Katsavounidis E., Katzman W., Kaufer H., Kawabe K., Kawamura S., Kawazoe F., Kelley D., Kells W., Keppel D.G., Keresztes Z., Khalaidovski A., Khalili F.Y., Khazanov E.A., Kim B.K., Kim C., Kim H., Kim K., Kim N., Kim Y.M., King P.J., Kinzel D.L., Kissel J.S., Klimenko S., Kokeyama K., Kondrashov V., Koranda S., Korth W.Z., Kowalska I., Kozak D., Kranz O., Kringel V., Krishnamurthy S., Krishnan B., Królak A., Kuehn G., Kumar R., Kwee P., Lam P.K., Landry M., Lantz B., Lastzka N., Lawrie C., Lazzarini A., Leaci P., Lee C.H., Lee H.K., Lee H.M., Leong J.R., Leonor I., Leroy N., Letendre N., Li J., Li T G.F., Liguori N., Lindquist P.E., Liu Y., Liu Z., Lockerbie N. A., Lodhia D., Lorenzini M., Loriette V., Lormand M., Losurdo G., Lough J., Luan J., Lubinski M., Lück H., Lundgren A.P., Macdonald E., Machenschalk B., MacInnis M., Macleod D.M., Mageswaran M., Mailand K., Majorana E., Maksimovic I., Man N., Mandel I., Mandic V., Mantovani M., Marandi A., Marchesoni F., Marion F., Márka S., Márka Z., Markosyan A., Maros E., Marque J., Martelli F., Martin I.W., Martin R.M., Marx J.N., Mason K., Masserot A., Matichard F., Matone L., Matzner R.A., Mavalvala N., Mazzolo G., McCarthy R., McClelland D.E., McGuire S.C., McIntyre G., McIver J., McKechan D.J.A., McWilliams S., Meadors G.D., Mehmet M., Meier T., Melatos A., Melissinos A.C., Mendell G., Mercer R.A., Meshkov S., Messenger C., Meyer M.S., Miao H., Michel C., Milano L., Miller J., Minenkov Y., Mitrofanov V.P., Mitselmakher G., Mittleman R., Miyakawa O., Moe B., Mohan M., Mohanty S.D., Mohapatra S.R.P., Moraru D., Moreno G., Morgado N., Morgia A., Mori T., Morriss S.R., Mosca S., Mossavi K., Mours B., Mow-Lowry C.M., Mueller C.L., Mueller G., Mukherjee S., Mullavey A., Müller-Ebhardt H., Munch J., Murphy D., Murray P.G., Mytidis A., Nash T., Naticchioni L., Necula V., Nelson J., Newton G., Nguyen T., Nishizawa A., Nitz A., Nocera F., Nolting D., Normandin M.E., Nuttall L., Ochsner E., O’Dell J., Oelker E., Ogin G.H., Oh J.J., Oh S.H., O’Reilly B., O’Shaughnessy R., Osthelder C., Ott C.D., Ottaway D.J., Ottens R.S., Overmier H., Owen B.J., Page A., Pagliaroli G., Palladino L., Palomba C., Pan Y., Pankow C., Paoletti F., Papa M.A., Parisi M., Pasqualetti A., Passaquieti R., Passuello D., Patel P., Pedraza M., Peiris P., Pekowsky L., Penn S., Perreca A., Persichetti G., Phelps M., Pickenpack M., Piergiovanni F., Pietka M., Pinard L., Pinto I.M., Pitkin M., Pletsch H.J., Plissi M.V., Poggiani R., Pöld J., Postiglione F., Prato M., Predoi V., Prestegard T., Price L.R., Prijatelj M., Principe M., Privitera S., Prix R., Prodi G.A., Prokhorov L.G., Puncken O., Punturo M., Puppo P., Quetschke V., Quitzow-James R., Raab F.J., Rabeling D.S., Rácz I., Radkins H., Raffai P., Rakhmanov M., Rankins B., Rapagnani P., Raymond V., Re V., Redwine K., Reed C.M., Reed T., Regimbau T., Reid S., Reitze D.H., Ricci F., Riesen R., Riles K., Robertson N.A., Robinet F., Robinson C., Robinson E.L., Rocchi A., Roddy S., Rodriguez C., Rodruck M., Rolland L., Rollins J.G., Romano J.D., Romano R., Romie J. R., Rosińska D., Röver C., Rowan S., Rüdiger A., Ruggi P., Ryan K., Sainathan P., Salemi F., Sammut L., Sandberg V., Sannibale V., Santamaría L., Santiago-Prieto I., Santostasi G., Sassolas B., Sathyaprakash B. S., Sato S., Saulson P. R., Savage R. L., Schilling R., Schnabel R., Schofield R. M. S., Schreiber E., Schulz B., Schutz B. F., Schwinberg P., Scott J., Scott S. M., Seifert F., Sellers D., Sentenac D., Sergeev A., Shaddock D. A., Shaltev M., Shapiro B., Shawhan P., Shoemaker D. H., Sibley A., Siemens X., Sigg D., Singer A., Singer L., Sintes A. M., Skelton G. R., Slagmolen B. J. J., Slutsky J., Smith J. R., Smith M. R., Smith R. J. E., Smith-Lefebvre N. D., Somiya K., Sorazu B., Soto J., Speirits F. C., Sperandio L., Stefszky M., Stein A. J., Stein L. 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Autors Affiliation: LIGO Calif Inst Technol, Pasadena, CA 91125 USA; Calif State Univ Fullerton, Fullerton, CA 92831 USA; Univ Glasgow, SUPA, Glasgow G12 8QQ, Lanark, Scotland; Univ Savoie, Lab Annecy le Vieux Phys Particules LAPP, CNRS IN2P3, F-74941 Annecy Le Vieux, France; Ist Nazl Fis Nucl, Sez Napoli, Naples, Italy; Univ Naples Federico II, Naples, Italy; Univ Salerno, I-84084 Salerno, Italy; Complesso Univ Monte S Angelo, I-80126 Naples, Italy; LIGO Livingston Observ, Livingston, LA 70754 USA; Max Planck Inst Gravitat Phys, Albert Einstein Inst, D-30167 Hannover, Germany; Leibniz Univ Hannover, D-30167 Hannover, Germany; Nikhef, Amsterdam, Netherlands; Vrije Univ Amsterdam, NL-1081 HV Amsterdam, Netherlands; Natl Astron Observ Japan, Tokyo 1818588, Japan; Univ Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI 53201 USA; Univ Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611 USA; Univ Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT, W Midlands, England; Ist Nazl Fis Nucl, Sez Roma, Rome, Italy; Univ Roma La Sapienza, I-00185 Rome, Italy; LIGO Hanford Observ, Richland, WA 99352 USA; Max Planck Inst Gravitat Phys, Albert Einstein Inst, D-14476 Golm, Germany; Montana State Univ, Bozeman, MT 59717 USA; EGO, I-56021 Cascina Pisa, Italy; Syracuse Univ, Syracuse, NY 13244 USA; LIGO Massachusetts Inst Technol, Cambridge, MA 02139 USA; Univ Paris Diderot, Lab AstroParticule & Cosmol APC, CNRS IN2P3, CEA DSM IRFU,Observ Pais, F-75013 Paris, France; Columbia Univ, New York, NY 10027 USA; Ist Nazl Fis Nucl, Sez Pisa, Pisa, Italy; Univ Pisa, I-56127 Pisa, Italy; Univ Siena, I-53100 Siena, Italy; Stanford Univ, Stanford, CA 94305 USA; IM PAN, PL-00956 Warsaw, Poland; Warsaw Univ, Astron Observ, PL-00478 Warsaw, Poland; CAMK PAN, PL-00716 Warsaw, Poland; Bialystok Univ, PL-15424 Bialystok, Poland; IPJ, PL-05400 Otwock, Poland; Inst Astron, PL-65265 Zielona Gora, Poland; Univ Texas Brownsville & Texas Southmost Coll, Brownsville, TX 78520 USA; San Jose State Univ, San Jose, CA 95192 USA; Moscow MV Lomonosov State Univ, Moscow 119992, Russia; Univ Paris 11, LAL, CNRS IN2P3, F-91898 Orsay, France; 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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 100-450 M-circle dot and with the component mass ratios between 1: and 4:1. 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 + 88 M-circle dot, for nonspinning sources, the rate density upper limit is 0.13 per Mpc(3) per Myr at the 90% confidence level.

Journal/Review: PHYSICAL REVIEW D

Volume: 85 (10)      Pages from: 102004  to: 102004

More Information: The authors gratefully acknowledge the support of the United States National Science Foundation for the construction and operation of the LIGO Laboratory, the Science and Technology Facilities Council of the United Kingdom, the Max-Planck-Society and the State of Niedersachsen/Germany for support of the construction and operation of the GEO600 detector, and the Italian Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare and the French Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique for the construction and operation of the Virgo detector. The authors also gratefully acknowledge the support of the research by these agencies and by the Australian Research Council, the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research of India, the Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare of Italy, the Spanish Ministerio de Educacion y Ciencia, the Conselleria d\’Economia Hisenda i Innovacio of the Govern de les Illes Balears, the Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter supported by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education, the FOCUS Programme of Foundation for Polish Science, the Royal Society, the Scottish Funding Council, the Scottish Universities Physics Alliance, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Carnegie Trust, the Leverhulme Trust, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Research Corporation, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. This document has been assigned LIGO Laboratory document number P1100068.
KeyWords: gravitational waves; LIGO; Virgo; black holes; inspiralling compact binaries
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevD.85.102004

Citations: 48
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