Binary Black Hole Mergers in the First Advanced LIGO Observing Run

  title={Binary Black Hole Mergers in the First Advanced LIGO Observing Run},
  author={The Ligo Scientific Collaboration and T. M. C. Abbott and Richard J. Abbott and Thomas Abbott and Matthew R. Abernathy and Fausto Acernese and Kendall Ackley and C. Adams and Todd Adams and Paolo Addesso and Rana X. Adhikari and Vaishali Badrish Adya and Christoph Affeldt and Michalis Agathos and Kazuhiro Agatsuma and Nancy Aggarwal and Odylio D. Aguiar and Lloyd Paul Aiello and Anirban Ain and Parameswaran Ajith and Bruce Allen and Annalisa Allocca and Paul A Altin and Stuart B. Anderson and Warren G. Anderson and Koji Arai and M. C. Araya and C. C. Arceneaux and Joseph S. Areeda and Nicolas Arnaud and K. G. Arun and Stefano Ascenzi and Gregory Ashton and Melanie Ast and Stuart M. Aston and Pia Astone and Peter Aufmuth and Carsten Aulbert and Stanislav Babak and Philippe Bacon and M. K. M. Bader and Paul T. Baker and F. Baldaccini and Giulio Ballardin and Stefan W. Ballmer and J. C. B. Barayoga and S. E. Barclay and Barry C. Barish and Daniel H. N. Barker and Fabrizio Barone and B. W. Barr and Lisa Barsotti and Matteo Barsuglia and D{\'a}niel Barta and J. F. Bartlett and Imre Bartos and Riccardo Bassiri and Andrea Basti and J. C. Batch and Christoph Baune and Viswanath Bavigadda and Marco Bazzan and Michał Bejger and A S Bell and B. K. Berger and Gerald Bergmann and Christopher P. L. Berry and Diego Bersanetti and Alessandro Bertolini and Joe Betzwieser and Swetha Bhagwat and R. Bhandare and I. A. Bilenko and G Billingsley and Jeremy Birch and Ross Birney and Ofek Birnholtz and S{\'e}bastien Biscans and A. Bisht and Massimiliano Bitossi and Christopher Michael Biwer and M. A. Bizouard and J. K. Blackburn and C D Blair and David G Blair and R. M. Blair and Steven Bloemen and Oliver Bock and Michel Boer and Gilles Bogaert and Christina Bogan and Alejandro Boh{\'e} and Charlotte Z. Bond and F. Bondu and R. Bonnand and Boris A. Boom and R. G. Bork and Valerio Boschi and Sukanta Bose and Yann Bouffanais and Aaron T. Bozzi and C. Bradaschia and Patrick R. Brady and Vladimir B. Braginsky and Marica Branchesi and James E. Brau and Tristan Briant and A. Brillet and Martin Brinkmann and V. Brisson and Patrick Brockill and J. E. Broida and A. F. Brooks and D. A. Brown and D. D. Brown and Nic M. Brown and Sharon Brunett and C. C. Buchanan and A. Buikema and T. Bulik and H. J. Bulten and Alessandra Buonanno and D. Buskulic and Christelle Buy and Robert L. Byer and Miriam Cabero and Laura Cadonati and Gianpietro Cagnoli and C. Cahillane and Juan Calder{\'o}n Bustillo and T. Callister and Enrico Calloni and Jordan B. Camp and Kipp C. Cannon and J. Cao and C. D. Capano and E Capocasa and Franco Carbognani and Santiago Caride and J. Casanueva Diaz and Claudio Casentini and Sarah Caudill and Marco Cavagli{\`a} and F. Cavalier and R. Cavalieri and Giancarlo Cella and Carlos Cepeda and Liala Baiardi and G. Cerretani and Elisa Cesarini and Sydney JoAnne Chamberlin and Man Leong Chan and S. Chao and Philip R. 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  journal={Physical Review X},
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