[1201.5999] Search for Gravitational Waves from Intermediate Mass Binary Black Holes

Authors: J. Abadie et al.*

Date: 28 Jan 2012

Abstract: We present the results of a weakly modeled burst search for gravitational waves from mergers of non-spinning intermediate mass black holes (IMBH) in the total mass range 100--450 solar masses and with the component mass ratios between 1:1 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 IMBH mergers as a function of the component masses. In the most efficiently detected bin centered on 88+88 solar masses, for non-spinning sources, the rate density upper limit is 0.13 per Mpcˆ3 per Myr at the 90% confidence level.

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Feb 02, 2012

1201.5999 (/preprints)
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