Implementing a search for aligned-spin neutron star-black hole systems with advanced ground based gravitational wave detectors

Tito Dal Canton, Alexander H. Nitz, Andrew P. Lundgren, Alex B. Nielsen, Duncan A. Brown, Thomas Dent, Ian W. Harry, Badri Krishnan, Andrew J. Miller, Karl Wette, Karsten Wiesner, Joshua L. Willis

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Abstract

We study the effect of spins on searches for gravitational waves from compact binary coalescences in realistic simulated early advanced LIGO data. We construct a detection pipeline including matched filtering, signal-based vetoes, a coincidence test between different detectors, and an estimate of the rate of background events. We restrict attention to neutron star-black hole (NS-BH) binary systems, and we compare a search using nonspinning templates to one using templates that include spins aligned with the orbital angular momentum. To run the searches we implement the binary inspiral matched-filter computation in PyCBC, a new software toolkit for gravitational-wave data analysis. We find that the inclusion of aligned-spin effects significantly increases the astrophysical reach of the search. Considering astrophysical NS-BH systems with nonprecessing black hole spins, for dimensionless spin components along the orbital angular momentum uniformly distributed in (-1,1), the sensitive volume of the search with aligned-spin templates is increased by ∼50% compared to the nonspinning search; for signals with aligned spins uniformly distributed in the range (0.7,1), the increase in sensitive volume is a factor of ∼10.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number082004
JournalPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
Volume90
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 21 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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