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

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

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages14
JournalPhysical Review D: Particles and Fields
Publication statusPublished - 2009


  • gravitational-wave bursts
  • quantum gravity

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