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Directional limits on persistent gravitational waves using data from Advanced LIGOs first two observing runs


Siellez, K and The LIGO Scientific Collaboration and the Virgo Collaboration, Directional limits on persistent gravitational waves using data from Advanced LIGO's first two observing runs, Physical Review D, 100, (6) pp. 062001. ISSN 2470-0010 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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2019 American Physical Society

DOI: doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.100.062001


We perform an unmodeled search for persistent, directional gravitational wave (GW) sources using data from the first and second observing runs of Advanced LIGO. We do not find evidence for any GW signals. We place limits on the broadband GW flux emitted at 25 Hz from point sources with a power law spectrum at Fα,Θ<(0.05-25)×10-8 erg cm-2 s-1 Hz-1 and the (normalized) energy density spectrum in GWs at 25 Hz from extended sources at ωα(Θ)<(0.19-2.89)×10-8 sr-1 where α is the spectral index of the energy density spectrum. These represent improvements of 2.5-3× over previous limits. We also consider point sources emitting GWs at a single frequency, targeting the directions of Sco X-1, SN 1987A, and the Galactic center. The best upper limits on the strain amplitude of a potential source in these three directions range from h0<(3.6-4.7)×10-25, 1.5× better than previous limits set with the same analysis method. We also report on a marginally significant outlier at 36.06 Hz. This outlier is not consistent with a persistent gravitational-wave source as its significance diminishes when combining all of the available data.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:gravitational waves, LIDO, black holes
Research Division:Physical Sciences
Research Group:Astronomical sciences
Research Field:General relativity and gravitational waves
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the physical sciences
UTAS Author:Siellez, K (Dr Karelle Siellez)
ID Code:151037
Year Published:2019
Web of Science® Times Cited:33
Deposited By:Physics
Deposited On:2022-07-13
Last Modified:2022-08-16

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