Measuring gravitational waves from binary black hole coalescences. I. Signal to noise for inspiral, merger, and ringdown

  title={Measuring gravitational waves from binary black hole coalescences. I. Signal to noise for inspiral, merger, and ringdown},
  author={Eanna E. Flanagan and Scott A. Hughes},
  journal={Physical Review D},
We estimate the expected signal-to-noise ratios (SNRs) from the three phases (inspiral, merger, and ringdown) of coalescing binary black holes (BBHs) for initial and advanced ground-based interferometers (LIGO-VIRGO) and for the space-based interferometer LISA. Ground-based interferometers can do moderate SNR (a few tens), moderate accuracy studies of BBH coalescences in the mass range of a few to about 2000 solar masses; LISA can do high SNR (of order 104), high accuracy studies in the mass… Expand

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