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Accelerating parameter estimation of gravitational waves from black hole binaries with reduced order quadratures

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Pürrer,  Michael
Astrophysical and Cosmological Relativity, AEI-Golm, MPI for Gravitational Physics, Max Planck Society;

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Raymond,  Vivien
Astrophysical and Cosmological Relativity, AEI-Golm, MPI for Gravitational Physics, Max Planck Society;

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Pürrer, M., Smith, R., Field, S., Canizares, P., Raymond, V., Gair, J., et al. (2017). Accelerating parameter estimation of gravitational waves from black hole binaries with reduced order quadratures. In The Fourteenth Marcel Grossmann Meeting. Proceedings of the MG14 Meeting on General Relativity University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Italy, 12 – 18 July 2015 (pp. 2015-2018).


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-002E-87BB-4
Abstract
Measurements of black-hole spins from gravitational-wave observations of black-hole binaries with ground-based detectors are expected to be hampered by partial degeneracies in the gravitational-wave phasing: between the two component spins, and between the spins and the binary's mass ratio, at least for signals that are dominated by the binary's inspiral. Through the merger and ringdown, however, a different set of degeneracies apply. This suggests the possibility that, if the inspiral, merger and ringdown are all within the sensitive frequency band of a detector, we may be able to break these degeneracies and more accurately measure both spins. In this work we investigate our ability to measure individual spins for non-precessing binaries, for a range of configurations and signal strengths, and conclude that in general the spin of the larger black hole will be measurable (at best) with observations from Advanced LIGO and Virgo. This implies that in many applications waveform models parameterized by only one \emph{effective spin} will be sufficient. Our work does not consider precessing binaries or sub-dominant harmonics, although we provide some arguments why we expect that these will not qualitatively change our conclusions.