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Observation of gravitational waves from a binary black hole merger

Abbott, B P; Abbott, R; Abbott, T D; Abernathy, M R; Acernese, F; Ackley, K; Adams, C; Adams, T; Addesso, P; Adhikari, Rana X; 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

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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/1885/307482
Source: Physical Review Letters
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.116.061102
Access Rights: Open Access

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