Search for gravitational waves from intermediate mass binary black holes

Phys. Rev. D 85, 102004 – Published 24 May 2012
J. Abadie et al. (LIGO Scientific Collaboration, Virgo Collaboration)


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 100450M and with the component mass ratios between 11 and 41. 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+88M, for nonspinning sources, the rate density upper limit is 0.13 per Mpc3 per Myr at the 90% confidence level.


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  • Received 21 February 2012
  • Published 24 May 2012

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