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Observation of gravitational waves from a binary black hole merger

Abbott, T; Altin, Paul; Chow, Jong; Mansell, Georgia; McClelland, David; McManus, David; Nguyen, Thanh; Rabeling, David; Scott, Susan M; Shaddock, Daniel; Slagmolen, Bram; Wade, Andrew; Ward, Robert; Yap, Min Jet; Acernese, F; Arain, M; Bartos, I; Basti, A; Bulten, H.J.; Byer, Robert L; Charlton, Philip; Coward, D; Dhurandhar, S; Dooley, Katherine L; Factourovich, M; Fairhurst, S; Finn, Lee; Frei, Z; Genin, E; Giaime, J; Goetz, E; Greenhalgh, R. J. S.; Jones, D I; Mandic, V.; Melatos, Andrew; Mendell, G; Ottaway, D J; Penn, S; Reed, C M; Reitze, D; Sammut, L; Saulson, P; Schofield, R; Sigg, D; Sintes, A; Souradeep, T; Staley, A; Summerscales, T.Z.; Unnikrishnan, C S; Veitch, Peter John; Vocca, H; Vorvick, C; Waldman, S; Whiting, B F; Ackley, K

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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]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2016
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/152403
Source: Physical Review Letters
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.116.061102
Access Rights: Open Access

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