GWDAW-8 Abstract: Background estimation in binary inspiral searches of LIGO data

Patrick Brady · University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee · LIGO


I will discuss the techniques being used to estimate thebackground noise when searching for gravitational waves from compactbinary inspiral in LIGO data. These estimates are used when tuningvarious threshold cuts in the inspiral analysis. This tuning processwill be presented for a playground sample of data from the second LIGOscience run. How we expect the background estimates to feed intointerpretation of scientific results will also be discussed.