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Observation of Gravitational Waves from a Binary Black Hole Merger

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On September 14, 2015 at 09:50:45 UTC the two detectors of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory simultaneously observed a transient gravitational-wave signal. The signal sweeps upwards in frequency from 35 to 250 Hz with a peak gravitational-wave strain of 1.0×10(-21). It matches the waveform predicted by general relativity for the inspiral and merger of a pair of black holes and the ringdown of the resulting single black hole. The signal was observed with a matched-filter...[Show more]

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Date published: 2016-02-12
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/138056
Source: Physical review letters
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.116.061102

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