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Fermi observations of the LIGO event GW170104


Goldstein, A and Veres, P and Siellez, K and Wood, M, Fermi-LAT Collaboration, Fermi observations of the LIGO event GW170104, The Astrophysical Journal. Letters, 846 Article L5. ISSN 2041-8205 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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© 2017. The American Astronomical Society

DOI: doi:10.3847/2041-8213/aa8319


We present the Fermi Gamma-ray Burst Monitor (GBM) and Large Area Telescope (LAT) observations of the LIGO binary black hole merger (BBH) event GW170104. No candidate electromagnetic counterpart was detected by either GBM or LAT. A detailed analysis of the GBM and LAT data over timescales from seconds to days covering the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) localization region is presented. The resulting flux upper bound from the GBM is (5.2–9.4) x 10−7 erg cm−2 s−1 in the 10–1000 keV range and from the LAT is (0.2–90) x 10−9 erg cm−2 s−1 in the 0.1–1 GeV range. We also describe the improvements to our automated pipelines and analysis techniques for searching for and characterizing the potential electromagnetic counterparts for future gravitational-wave events from Advanced LIGO/Virgo.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:gamma rays, gravitational waves, Fermi Gamma-ray Burst Monitor, LIGO, binary black hole merger
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:151991
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:10
Deposited By:Physics
Deposited On:2022-08-09
Last Modified:2022-10-26

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