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Search for gravitational waves from binary black hole inspiral, merger, and ringdown

Abadie, J. and Abbott, B. P. and Abbott, R. and Abernathy, M. and Lockerbie, N. A. and Tokmakov, K. V. and Collaboration, LIGO Sci and Collaboration, Virgo (2011) Search for gravitational waves from binary black hole inspiral, merger, and ringdown. Physical Review D, 83 (12). ISSN 1550-2368

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We present the first modeled search for gravitational waves using the complete binary black-hole gravitational waveform from inspiral through the merger and ringdown for binaries with negligible component spin. We searched approximately 2 years of LIGO data, taken between November 2005 and September 2007, for systems with component masses of 1-99M(circle dot) and total masses of 25-100M(circle dot). We did not detect any plausible gravitational-wave signals but we do place upper limits on the merger rate of binary black holes as a function of the component masses in this range. We constrain the rate of mergers for 19M(circle dot)