Recent progress in numerical relativity has enabled us to model the non-perturbative merger phase of the binary black-hole coalescence problem. Based on these results, we propose a phenomenological family of waveforms which can model the inspiral, merger and ring-down stages of black-hole coalescence. We also construct a template bank using this family of waveforms and discuss its implementation in the search for signatures of gravitational waves produced by black-hole coalescences in the data of ground-based interferometers. This template bank might enable us to extend the present inspiral searches to higher-mass binary black-hole systems, i.e., systems with total mass greater than about 80 solar masses, thereby increasing the reach of the current generation of ground-based detectors. © 2007 IOP Publishing Ltd.
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Classical and Quantum Gravity
Ajith, P., Babak, S., Chen, Y., Hewitson, M., Krishnan, B., Whelan, J., Brügmann, B., Diener, P., Gonzalez, J., Hannam, M., Husa, S., Koppitz, M., Pollney, D., Rezzolla, L., Santamaría, L., Sintes, A., Sperhake, U., & Thornburg, J. (2007). A phenomenological template family for black-hole coalescence waveforms. Classical and Quantum Gravity, 24 (19) https://doi.org/10.1088/0264-9381/24/19/S31