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⊙ and total masses of 25-100M⊙. 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⊙ ≤m 1, m2 ≤ 28M⊙ binary black-hole systems with negligible spin to be no more than 2.0Mpc-3Myr-1 at 90% confidence.
J. Abadie et al., "Search for Gravitational Waves from Binary Black Hole Inspiral, Merger, and Ringdown," Physical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology, vol. 83, no. 12, American Physical Society (APS), Jun 2011.
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