Search for gravitational waves from primordial black hole binary coalescences in the galactic halo

B. Abbott*, R. Abbott, R. Adhikari, A. Ageev, B. Allen, R. Amin, S. B. Anderson, W. G. Anderson, M. Araya, H. Armandula, M. Ashley, F. Asiri, P. Aufmuth, C. Aulbert, S. Babak, R. Balasubramanian, S. Ballmer, B. C. Barish, C. Barker, D. BarkerM. Barnes, B. Barr, M. A. Barton, K. Bayer, R. Beausoleil, K. Belczynski, R. Bennett, S. J. Berukoff, J. Betzwieser, B. Bhawal, I. A. Bilenko, G. Billingsley, E. Black, K. Blackburn, L. Blackburn, B. Bland, B. Bochner, L. Bogue, R. Bork, S. Bose, P. R. Brady, V. B. Braginsky, J. E. Brau, D. A. Brown, A. Bullington, A. Bunkowski, A. Buonanno, R. Burgess, D. Busby, W. E. Butler

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Abstract

We use data from the second science run of the LIGO gravitational-wave detectors to search for the gravitational waves from primordial black hole binary coalescence with component masses in the range 0.2-1.0M. The analysis requires a signal to be found in the data from both LIGO observatories, according to a set of coincidence criteria. No inspiral signals were found. Assuming a spherical halo with core radius 5 kpc extending to 50 kpc containing nonspinning black holes with masses in the range 0.2-1.0M, we place an observational upper limit on the rate of primordial black hole coalescence of 63 per year per Milky Way halo (MWH) with 90% confidence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number082002
JournalPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
Volume72
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 15 2005

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  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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    Abbott, B., Abbott, R., Adhikari, R., Ageev, A., Allen, B., Amin, R., Anderson, S. B., Anderson, W. G., Araya, M., Armandula, H., Ashley, M., Asiri, F., Aufmuth, P., Aulbert, C., Babak, S., Balasubramanian, R., Ballmer, S., Barish, B. C., Barker, C., ... Butler, W. E. (2005). Search for gravitational waves from primordial black hole binary coalescences in the galactic halo. Physical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology, 72(8), [082002]. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevD.72.082002