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We report a search for gravitational waves from the inspiral, merger and ringdown of binary black holes (BBH) with total mass between 25 and 100 solar masses, in data taken at the LIGO and Virgo observatories between July 7, 2009 and October 20, 2010. The maximum sensitive distance of the detectors over this period for a (20,20)M_$\odot$ coalescence was 300 Mpc. No gravitational wave signals were found. We thus report upper limits on the astrophysical coalescence rates of BBH as a function of the component masses for nonspinning components, and also evaluate the dependence of the search sensitivity on component spins aligned with the orbital angular momentum. We find an upper limit at 90% confidence on the coalescence rate of BBH with nonspinning components of mass between 19 and 28M_$\odot$ of 3.3$\times$10\^ (-7) mergers Mpc\^ (-3) yr\^ (-1).

@article{caltechauthors37037, volume = {87}, number = {2}, month = {January}, author = {J. Aasi and J. Abadie and B. P. Abbott and R. Abbott and Rana X. Adhikari and P. Ajith and S. B. Anderson and K. Arai and M. C. Araya and J. C. B. Barayoga and G. Billingsley and E. Black and J. K. Blackburn and R. Bork and A. F. Brooks and C. Cepeda and T. Chalermsongsak and A. Corsi and D. C. Coyne and B. Daudert and V. Dergachev and S. Doravari and J. C. Driggers and P. Ehrens and R. Engel and T. Etzel and N. Fotopoulos and E. K. Gustafson and J. Heefner and A. W. Heptonstall and K. A. Hodge and A. Ivanov and M. Jacobson and E. James and P. Kalmus and W. Kells and D. G. Keppel and P. J. King and V. Kondrashov and W. Z. Korth and D. Kozak and A. Lazzarini and P. E. Lindquist and V. Litvine and M. Mageswaran and K. Mailand and E. Maros and J. N. Marx and G. McIntyre and S. Meshkov and T. Nash and G. H. Ogin and C. Osthelder and M. Pedraza and M. Phelps and C. Poux and L. R. Price and S. Privitera and D. H. Reitze and J. G. Rollins and V. Sannibale and L. Santamar{\'i}a and F. Seifert and A. Singer and L. Singer and M. R. Smith and A. Stochino and R. Taylor and C. I. Torrie and S. Vass and A. E. Villar and L. Wallace and S. E. Whitcomb and P. A. Willems and R. Williams and H. Yamamoto and D. Yeaton-Massey and L. Zhang and J. Zweizig and Y. Chen and T. Hong and K. Kaufman and H. Miao and C. D. Ott and K. Somiya and K. S. Thorne and L. Wen and H. Yang and R. W. P. Drever and J. Harms and A. Langley and A. J. Weinstein and N. A. Robertson}, note = {{\copyright} 2013 American Physical Society. Received 19 October 2012; published 23 January 2013. The authors gratefully acknowledge the support of the U.S. National Science Foundation for the construction and operation of the LIGO Laboratory, the Science and Technology Facilities Council of the United Kingdom, the Max-Planck-Society, and the State of Niedersachsen/Germany for support of the construction and operation of the GEO600 detector, and the Italian Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare and the French Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique for the construction and operation of the Virgo detector. The authors also gratefully acknowledge the support of the research by these agencies and by the Australian Research Council, the International Science Linkages program of the Commonwealth of Australia, the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research of India, the Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare of Italy, the Spanish Ministerio de Econom{\'i}a y Competitividad, the Conselleria d?Economia Hisenda i Innovaci? of the Govern de les Illes Balears, the Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter supported by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education, the FOCUS Programme of Foundation for Polish Science, the Royal Society, the Scottish Funding Council, the Scottish Universities Physics Alliance, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the National Research Foundation of Korea, Industry Canada and the Province of Ontario through the Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation, the National Science and Engineering Research Council Canada, the Carnegie Trust, the Leverhulme Trust, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Research Corporation, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.}, title = {Search for gravitational waves from binary black hole inspiral, merger, and ringdown in LIGO-Virgo data from 2009?2010}, publisher = {American Physical Society}, year = {2013}, journal = {Physical Review D}, pages = {Art. No. 022002}, url = {http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20130221-081251760}, abstract = {We report a search for gravitational waves from the inspiral, merger and ringdown of binary black holes (BBH) with total mass between 25 and 100 solar masses, in data taken at the LIGO and Virgo observatories between July 7, 2009 and October 20, 2010. The maximum sensitive distance of the detectors over this period for a (20,20)M\_{$\odot$} coalescence was 300 Mpc. No gravitational wave signals were found. We thus report upper limits on the astrophysical coalescence rates of BBH as a function of the component masses for nonspinning components, and also evaluate the dependence of the search sensitivity on component spins aligned with the orbital angular momentum. We find an upper limit at 90\% confidence on the coalescence rate of BBH with nonspinning components of mass between 19 and 28M\_{$\odot$} of 3.3{$\times$}10{\^{ }}(-7) mergers Mpc{\^{ }}(-3) yr{\^{ }}(-1).} }

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