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Hybrid waveforms for generic precessing binaries for gravitational-wave data analysis
by Jam Sadiq, Yosef Zlochower, Richard O'Shaughnessy, Jacob Lange
Submitted to Physical Review D (Monday, January 20, 2020)

Abstract

We construct hybrid binary black holes merger waveforms using analytical model waveforms for the early inspiral phase and numerical relativity waveforms for late inspiral to merger and post merger phases. To hybridize analytical and numerical waveforms, we first perform a 3-dimensional rotation to align the instantaneous orbital planes associated with the two waveforms at some fiducial frequency, we then find appropriate phase and time translations that maximize the overlap of the two waveforms in a hybridization interval. We discuss the accuracy and limitations for hybrids constructed by this procedure in the context of LIGO-Virgo-KAGRA observations. Our goal is to hybridize waveforms for more generic precessing binaries and construct longer waveforms that are sufficiently accurate for the parameter estimation techniques for upcoming LIGO observations.