Influence of the precession on the search of inspiral binaries with the ground-based gravitational waves detectors

Philippe Grandclément*, Vicky Kalogera, Alberto Vecchio

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalConference articlepeer-review


The detection of gravitational waves by the first generation of ground-based interferometric detectors, like LIGO, relies on sophisticated data analysis techniques. For the inspiral phase of binary compact objects, the optimal one is the so-called matched-filtering technique. The output of the detector is cross-correlated with a bank of templates. The closer the templates are to the real signal, the higher the S/N of the detection is. In this paper we quantify the loss of S/N that occurs when one tries to detect a precessing binary (due to spin-orbit coupling) using non-precessing templates. To do so, we compute the fitting factor (FF) which is a measure of the mismatch between the signal and the templates. The precessing signal is obtained using a 1.5 PN analytical approximation of the real solution called simple precession. We found regions of the parameter space (masses, spin magnitude and orientation) for which the detection could be jeopardized if precession is not accounted in the templates. The solution of this problem could be to use more complete templates, that could capture the main features of the precession. Specifically we examine such a family of "mimic" templates, that requires only three additional parameters, first proposed by Apostolatos. However we find that this family does not recover the main part of the signal. We conclude that a more efficient template family will be needed in the near future.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)167-176
Number of pages10
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - Dec 1 2002
EventGravitational - Wave Detection - Waikoloa, HI, United States
Duration: Aug 23 2002Aug 25 2002


  • Binary
  • Detection
  • Gravitational waves
  • Inspiral
  • Matched-filtering
  • Precession

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


Dive into the research topics of 'Influence of the precession on the search of inspiral binaries with the ground-based gravitational waves detectors'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this