Fully-coherent all-sky search for gravitational-waves from compact binary coalescences

D. M. Macleod, I. W. Harry, S. Fairhurst

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We introduce a fully-coherent method for searching for gravitational wave signals generated by the merger of black hole and/or neutron star binaries. This extends the coherent analysis previously developed and used for targeted gravitational wave searches to an all-sky, all-time search. We apply the search to one month of data taken during the fifth science run of the LIGO detectors. We demonstrate an increase in sensitivity of 25% over the coincidence search, which is commensurate with expectations. Finally, we discuss prospects for implementing and running a coherent search for gravitational wave signals from binary coalescence in the advanced gravitational wave detector data.
Original languageEnglish
Article number064004
Number of pages17
JournalPhysical Review D
Publication statusPublished - 3 Mar 2016


  • gr-qc
  • astro-ph.HE
  • RCUK
  • STFC
  • ST/L000962/1


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