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Comprehensive all-sky search for periodic gravitational waves in the sixth science run LIGO data


Abbott, BP and Abbott, R and Siellez, K and Zweizig, J, LIGO Scientific Collaboration and Virgo Collaboration, Comprehensive all-sky search for periodic gravitational waves in the sixth science run LIGO data, Physical Review D: covering particles, fields, gravitation, and cosmology, 94, (4) Article 042002. ISSN 2470-0010 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.94.042002


We report on a comprehensive all-sky search for periodic gravitational waves in the frequency band 1001500Hz and with a frequency time derivative in the range of [−1.18,+1.00]x10−8Hz/s. Such a signal could be produced by a nearby spinning and slightly nonaxisymmetric isolated neutron star in our galaxy. This search uses the data from the initial LIGO sixth science run and covers a larger parameter space with respect to any past search. A Loosely Coherent detection pipeline was applied to follow up weak outliers in both Gaussian (95% recovery rate) and non-Gaussian (75% recovery rate) bands. No gravitational wave signals were observed, and upper limits were placed on their strength. Our smallest upper limit on worst-case (linearly polarized) strain amplitude h0 is 9.7x10−25 near 169Hz, while at the high end of our frequency range we achieve a worst-case upper limit of 5.5x10−24. Both cases refer to all sky locations and entire range of frequency derivative values.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:all-sky search, gravitational waves, LIGO
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:152162
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:27
Deposited By:Physics
Deposited On:2022-08-12
Last Modified:2022-09-26
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