LIGO Document G1700118-v2

Analyzing Gravitational Wave Data From the LIGO Open Science Center

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Tutorial at the UP-STAT 2017 conference, Friday 21 April 2017.

John T. Whelan on behalf of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration and the Virgo Collaboration

During their first observing run, the Advanced LIGO Detectors in Livingston, LA and Hanford, WA observed gravitational waves from binary black hole mergers: two confirmed detections known as GW150914 and GW151226, and one candidate event known as LVT151012. Concurrent with the publication of the associated scientific papers, the LIGO Scientific Collaboration released approximately one hour of data from the LIGO detectors around the time of each event. In this tutorial, I will show how to use these data and other resources to replicate analyses such as the matched filter used to establish the detections.

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