[1211.6184] Template banks to search for low-mass binary black holes in advanced gravitational-wave detectors

Authors: Duncan A. Brown, Prayush Kumar, Alexander H. Nitz

Date: 27 Nov 2012

Abstract: Coalescing binary black holes (BBHs) are among the most likely sources for the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) and its international partners Virgo and KAGRA. Optimal searches for BBHs require accurate waveforms for the signal model and effectual template banks that cover the mass space of interest. We investigate the ability of the second-order post-Newtonian TaylorF2 hexagonal template placement metric to construct an effectual template bank, if the template waveforms used are effective one body waveforms tuned to numerical relativity (EOBNRv2). We find that by combining the existing TaylorF2 placement metric with EOBNRv2 waveforms, we can construct an effectual search for BBHs with component masses in the range 3 Msolar <= m1, m2 <= 25 Msolar. We also show that the (computationally less expensive) TaylorF2 post-Newtonian waveforms can be used in place of EOBNRv2 waveforms when M <~ 12 Msolar. Finally, we investigate the effect of modes other than the dominant {l = m = 2} mode in BBH searches. We find that for systems with m1/m2 <= 1.5, there is no significant loss in the total possible signal-to-noise ratio due to neglecting modes greater than {l = m = 2} in the template waveforms. For higher mass ratios, including higher order modes could increase the signal-to-noise ratio by as much as 8% in Advanced LIGO. Our results can be used to construct matched-filter in Advanced LIGO and Advanced Virgo.

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Nov 27, 2012

1211.6184 (/preprints)
2012-11-27, 18:53 [edit]

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