Semicoherent search strategy for known continuous wave sources in binary systems

Messenger, C. (2011) Semicoherent search strategy for known continuous wave sources in binary systems. Physical Review D, 84(8), 083003. (doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.84.083003)

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We present a method for detection of weak continuous signals from sources in binary systems via the incoherent combination of many short coherently analyzed segments. The main focus of the work is on the construction of a metric on the parameter space for such signals for use in matched-filter based searches. The metric is defined using a maximum likelihood detection statistic applied to a binary orbit phase model including eccentricity. We find that this metric can be accurately approximated by its diagonal form in the regime where the segment length is ≪ the orbital period. Hence, correlations between parameters are effectively removed by the combination of many independent observations. We find that the ability to distinguish signal parameters is independent of the total semicoherent observation span (for the semicoherent span ≫ the segment length) for all but the orbital angular frequency. Increased template density for this parameter scales linearly with the observation span. We also present two example search schemes. The first use a reparametrized phase model upon which we compute the metric on individual short coherently analyzed segments. The second assumes long ≫ the orbital period segment lengths from which we again compute the coherent metric and find it to be approximately diagonal. In this latter case we also show that the semicoherent metric is equal to the coherent metric.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Messenger, Dr Christopher
Authors: Messenger, C.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Physics and Astronomy
Journal Name:Physical Review D
Publisher:American Physical Society
ISSN (Online):1550-2368

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