Characterization of transient noise in Advanced LIGO relevant to gravitational wave signal GW150914

the LIGO Scientific Collaboration and the Virgo Collaboration

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Abstract

On 14 September 2015, a gravitational wave signal from a coalescing black hole binary system was observed by the Advanced LIGO detectors. This paper describes the transient noise backgrounds used to determine the significance of the event (designated GW150914) and presents the results of investigations into potential correlated or uncorrelated sources of transient noise in the detectors around the time of the event. The detectors were operating nominally at the time of GW150914. We have ruled out environmental influences and non-Gaussian instrument noise at either LIGO detector as the cause of the observed gravitational wave signal.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-34
Number of pages34
JournalClassical and Quantum Gravity
Volume33
Issue number13
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Keywords

  • detector characterization
  • gravitational waves
  • GW150914

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