Search for gravitational waves from low mass compact binary coalescence in 186 days of LIGO's fifth science run

B.P. Abbott, N.A. Lockerbie, K. V. Tokmakov, LIGO Scientific Collaboration

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We report on a search for gravitational waves from coalescing compact binaries, of total mass between 2 and 35M⊙, using LIGO observations between November 14, 2006 and May 18, 2007. No gravitational-wave signals were detected. We report upper limits on the rate of compact binary coalescence as a function of total mass. The LIGO cumulative 90%-confidence rate upper limits of the binary coalescence of neutron stars, black holes and black hole-neutron star systems are 1.4×10-2, 7.3×10-4 and 3.6×10-3  yr-1 L10-1, respectively, where L10 is 1010 times the blue solar luminosity.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages8
JournalPhysical Review D: Particles and Fields
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 25 Aug 2009


  • gravitational radiation
  • magnetic fields
  • gravitational wave detectors
  • data analysis
  • data management
  • neutron stars

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