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Search for high frequency gravitational-wave bursts in the first calendar year of LIGO's fifth science run

Abbott, B.P. and Abbott, R. and Lockerbie, N.A. and Adhikari, R. and Ajith, P. and Allen, B. (2009) Search for high frequency gravitational-wave bursts in the first calendar year of LIGO's fifth science run. Physical Review D: Particles and Fields, 80. p. 102002. ISSN 0556-2821

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Abstract

We present an all-sky search for gravitational waves in the frequency range 1 to 6 kHz during the first calendar year of LIGO's fifth science run. This is the first untriggered LIGO burst analysis to be conducted above 3 kHz. We discuss the unique properties of interferometric data in this regime. 161.3 days of triple-coincident data were analyzed. No gravitational events above threshold were observed and a frequentist upper limit of 5.4  year-1 on the rate of strong gravitational-wave bursts was placed at a 90% confidence level. Implications for specific theoretical models of gravitational-wave emission are also discussed.