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Directly comparing GW150914 with numerical solutions of Einstein's equations for binary black hole coalescence

Abbott, B; Abbott, Robert; Abbott, Thomas D; Abernathy, M; Acernese, Fausto; Ackley, K; Adams, C; Adams, T; Addesso, P; Adhikari, Rana; Altin, Paul; Chow, Jong; Mansell, Georgia; McClelland, David; McManus, David; McRae, Terry; Nguyen, Thanh; Rabeling, David; Scott, Susan M; Shaddock, Daniel; Slagmolen, Bram; Wade, Andrew; Ward, Robert

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We compare GW150914 directly to simulations of coalescing binary black holes in full general relativity, including several performed specifically to reproduce this event. Our calculations go beyond existing semianalytic models, because for all simulations—including sources with two independent, precessing spins—we perform comparisons which account for all the spin-weighted quadrupolar modes, and separately which account for all the quadrupolar and octopolar modes. Consistent with the posterior...[Show more]

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Date published: 2016
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/153151
Source: Physical Review D-Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevD.94.064035
Access Rights: Open Access

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