Detecting compact binary coalescences with seedless clustering

Michael William Coughlin, Eric Thrane, Nelson Christensen

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Compact binary coalescences are a promising source of gravitational waves for second-generation interferometric gravitational-wave detectors. Although matched filtering is the optimal search method for well-modeled systems, alternative detection strategies can be used to guard against theoretical errors (e.g., involving new physics and/or assumptions about spin or eccentricity) while providing a measure of redundancy. In a previous paper, we showed how “seedless clustering” can be used to detect long-lived gravitational-wave transients in both targeted and all-sky searches. In this paper, we apply seedless clustering to the problem of low-mass ( Mtotal≤10M⊙ ) compact binary coalescences for both spinning and eccentric systems. We show that seedless clustering provides a robust and computationally efficient method for detecting low-mass compact binaries.
Original languageEnglish
Article number083005
Number of pages8
JournalPhysical Review D
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 15 Oct 2014
Externally publishedYes

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