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Results of the deepest all-sky survey for continuous gravitational waves on LIGO S6 data running on the Einstein@Home volunteer distributed computing project

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Abbott, BP and Abbott, R and Siellez, K and Zweizig, J, LIGO Scientific Collaboration and Virgo Collaboration, Results of the deepest all-sky survey for continuous gravitational waves on LIGO S6 data running on the Einstein@Home volunteer distributed computing project, Physical Review D: covering particles, fields, gravitation, and cosmology, 94, (10) Article 102002. ISSN 2470-0010 (2016) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.94.102002

Abstract

We report results of a deep all-sky search for periodic gravitational waves from isolated neutron stars in data from the S6 LIGO science run. The search was possible thanks to the computing power provided by the volunteers of the Einstein@Home distributed computing project. We find no significant signal candidate and set the most stringent upper limits to date on the amplitude of gravitational wave signals from the target population. At the frequency of best strain sensitivity, between 170.5 and 171Hz we set a 90% confidence upper limit of 5.5x10−25, while at the high end of our frequency range, around 505Hz, we achieve upper limits ≃10−24. At 230Hz we can exclude sources with ellipticities greater than 10−6 within 100pc of Earth with fiducial value of the principal moment of inertia of 1038kgm2. If we assume a higher (lower) gravitational wave spin-down we constrain farther (closer) objects to higher (lower) ellipticities.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:gravitational waves, distributed computing, all-sky survey, Einstein@Home
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:152152
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:29
Deposited By:Physics
Deposited On:2022-08-12
Last Modified:2022-09-26
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