Upper limits on gravitational wave bursts in LIGO's second science run

Abbott, B. et al. (2005) Upper limits on gravitational wave bursts in LIGO's second science run. Physical Review D, 72, (doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.72.062001)

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Abstract

We perform a search for gravitational wave bursts using data from the second science run of the LIGO detectors, using a method based on a wavelet time-frequency decomposition. This search is sensitive to bursts of duration much less than a second and with frequency content in the 100–1100 Hz range. It features significant improvements in the instrument sensitivity and in the analysis pipeline with respect to the burst search previously reported by LIGO. Improvements in the search method allow exploring weaker signals, relative to the detector noise floor, while maintaining a low false alarm rate, O(0.1) μHz. The sensitivity in terms of the root-sum-square (rss) strain amplitude lies in the range of hrss∼10-20-10-19  Hz-1/2. No gravitational wave signals were detected in 9.98 days of analyzed data. We interpret the search result in terms of a frequentist upper limit on the rate of detectable gravitational wave bursts at the level of 0.26 events per day at 90% confidence level. We combine this limit with measurements of the detection efficiency for selected waveform morphologies in order to yield rate versus strength exclusion curves as well as to establish order-of-magnitude distance sensitivity to certain modeled astrophysical sources. Both the rate upper limit and its applicability to signal strengths improve our previously reported limits and reflect the most sensitive broad-band search for untriggered and unmodeled gravitational wave bursts to date.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Heptonstall, Dr Alastair and Grant, Mr Alastair and Cagnoli, Dr Gianpietro and Cantley, Dr Caroline and Rowan, Professor Sheila and Messenger, Dr Christopher and Casey, Dr Morag and Robertson, Professor Norna and Robertson, Dr David and Reid, Professor Stuart and Veitch, Dr John and Plissi, Dr Michael and Crooks, Dr David and Hough, Professor James and Sneddon, Dr Peter and Newton, Dr Gavin and Murray, Dr Peter and Pitkin, Dr Matthew
Authors: Abbott, B., Abbott, R., Adhikari, R., Ageev, A., Agresti, J., Allen, B., Allen, J., Amin, R., Anderson, S., Anderson, W., Araya, M., Armandula, H., Ashley, M., Asiri, F., Aufmuth, P., Aulbert, C., Babak, S., Balasubramanian, R., Ballmer, S., Barish, B., Barker, C., Barker, D., Barnes, M., Barr, B., Barton, M., Bayer, K., Beausoleil, R., Belczynski, K., Bennett, R., Berukoff, S., Betzwieser, J., Bhawal, B., Bilenko, I., Billingsley, G., Black, E., Blackburn, K., Blackburn, L., Bland, B., Bochner, B., Bogue, L., Bork, R., Bose, S., Brady, P., Braginsky, V., Brau, J., Brown, D., Bullington, A., Bunkowski, A., Buonanno, A., Burgess, R., Busby, D., Butler, W., Byer, R., Cadonati, L., Cagnoli, G., Camp, J., Cannizzo, J., Cannon, K., Cantley, C.A., Cardenas, L., Carter, K., Casey, M.M., Castiglione, J., Chandler, A., Chapsky, J., Charlton, P., Chatterji, S., Chelkowski, S., Chen, Y., Chickarmane, V., Chin, D., Christensen, N., Churches, D., Cokelaer, T., Colacino, C., Coldwell, R., Coles, M., Cook, D., Corbitt, T., Coyne, D., Creighton, J., Creighton, T., Crooks, D.R.M., Csatorday, P., Cusack, B., Cutler, C., Dalrymple, J., DAmbrosio, E., Danzmann, K., Davies, G., Daw, E., DeBra, D., Delker, T., Dergachev, V., Desai, S., DeSalvo, R., Dhurandhar, S., Di Credico, A., Diaz, M., Ding, H., Drever, R., Dupuis, R., Edlund, J., Ehrens, P., Elliffe, E.J., Etzel, T., Evans, M., Evans, T., Fairhurst, S., Fallnich, C., Farnham, D., Fejer, M., Findley, T., Fine, M., Finn, L., Franzen, K., Freise, A., Frey, R., Fritschel, P., Frolov, V., Fyffe, M., Ganezer, K., Garofoli, J., Giaime, J., Gillespie, A., Goda, K., Goggin, L., Gonzalez, G., Gossler, S., Grandclement, P., Grant, A., Gray, C., Gretarsson, A., Grimmett, D., Grote, H., Grunewald, S., Guenther, M., Gustafson, E., Gustafson, R., Hamilton, W., Hammond, M., Hanson, J., Hardham, C., Harms, J., Harry, G., Hartunian, A., Heefner, J., Hefetz, Y., Heinzel, G., Heng, I.S., Hennessy, M., Hepler, N., Heptonstall, A., Heurs, M., Hewitson, M., Hild, S., Hindman, N., Hoang, P., Hough, J., Hrynevych, M., Hua, W., Ito, M., Itoh, Y., Ivanov, A., Jennrich, O., Johnson, B., Johnson, W., Johnston, W., Jones, D., Jones, G., Jones, L., Jungwirth, D., Kalogera, V., Katsavounidis, E., Kawabe, K., Kawamura, S., Kells, W., Kern, J., Khan, A., Killbourn, S., Killow, C.J., Kim, C., King, C., King, P., Klimenko, S., Koranda, S., Kotter, K., Kovalik, J., Kozak, D., Krishnan, B., Landry, M., Langdale, J., Lantz, B., Lawrence, R., Lazzarini, A., Lei, M., Leonor, I., Libbrecht, K., Libson, A., Lindquist, P., Liu, S., Logan, J., Lormand, M., Lubinski, M., Luck, H., Luna, M., Lyons, T., Machenschalk, B., MacInnis, M., Mageswaran, M., Mailand, K., Majid, W., Malec, M., Mandic, V., Mann, F., Marin, A., Marka, S., Maros, E., Mason, J., Mason, K., Matherny, O., Matone, L., Mavalvala, N., McCarthy, R., McClelland, D., McHugh, M., Melissinos, A., Mendell, G., Mercer, R., Meshkov, S., Messaritaki, E., Messenger, C., Mikhailov, E., Mitra, S., Mitrofanov, V., Mitselmakher, G., Mittleman, R., Miyakawa, O., Miyoki, S., Mohanty, S., Moreno, G., Mossavi, K., Mueller, G., Mukherjee, S., Murray, P., Myers, E., Myers, J., Nagano, S., Nash, T., Nayak, R., Newton, G., Nocera, F., Noel, J., Nutzman, P., Olson, T., OReilly, B., Ottaway, D., Ottewill, A., Ouimette, D., Overmier, H., Owen, B., Pan, Y., Papa, M., Parameshwaraiah, V., Ajith, P., Parameswariah, C., Pedraza, M., Penn, S., Pitkin, M., Plissi, M., Prix, R., Quetschke, V., Raab, F., Radkins, H., Rahkola, R., Rakhmanov, M., Rao, S., Rawlins, K., Ray-Majumder, S., Re, V., Redding, D., Regehr, M., Regimbau, T., Reid, S., Reilly, K., Reithmaier, K., Reitze, D., Richman, S., Riesen, R., Riles, K., Rivera, B., Rizzi, A., Robertson, D.I., Robertson, N.A., Robinson, C., Robison, L., Roddy, S., Rodriguez, A., Rollins, J., Romano, J., Romie, J., Rong, H., Rose, D., Rotthoff, E., Rowan, S., Rudiger, A., Ruet, L., Russell, P., Ryan, K., Salzman, I., Sandberg, V., Sanders, G., Sannibale, V., Sarin, P., Sathyaprakash, B., Saulson, P., Savage, R., Sazonov, A., Schilling, R., Schlaufman, K., Schmidt, V., Schnabel, R., Schofield, R., Schutz, B., Schwinberg, P., Scott, S., Seader, S., Searle, A., Sears, B., Seel, S., Seifert, F., Sellers, D., Sengupta, A., Shapiro, C., Shawhan, P., Shoemaker, D., Shu, Q., Sibley, A., Siemens, X., Sievers, L., Sigg, D., Sintes, A., Smith, J., Smith, M., Smith, M., Sneddon, P.H., Spero, R., Spjeld, O., Stapfer, G., Steussy, D., Strain, K.A., Strom, D., Stuver, A., Summerscales, T., Sumner, M., Sung, M., Sutton, P., Sylvestre, J., Takamori, A., Tanner, D., Tariq, H., Taylor, I., Taylor, R., Thorne, K., Thorne, K., Tibbits, M., Tilav, S., Tinto, M., Tokmakov, K., Torres, C., Torrie, C., Traylor, G., Tyler, W., Ugolini, D., Ungarelli, C., Vallisneri, M., van Putten, M., Vass, S., Vecchio, A., Veitch, J., Vorvick, C., Vyachanin, S., Wallace, L., Walther, H., Ward, H., Ward, R., Ware, B., Watts, K., Webber, D., Weidner, A., Weiland, U., Weinstein, A., Weiss, R., Welling, H., Wen, L., Wen, S., Wette, K., Whelan, J., Whitcomb, S., Whiting, B., Wiley, S., Wilkinson, C., Willems, P., Williams, P., Williams, R., Willke, B., Wilson, A., Winjum, B., Winkler, W., Wise, S., Wiseman, A., Woan, G., Woods, D., Wooley, R., Worden, J., Wu, W., Yakushin, I., Yamamoto, H., Yoshida, S., Zaleski, K., Zanolin, M., Zawischa, I., Zhang, L., Zhu, R., Zotov, N., Zucker, M., and Zweizig, J.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Physics and Astronomy
Journal Name:Physical Review D
Publisher:American Physical Society
ISSN:1550-7998
ISSN (Online):1089-4918

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