Search for gravitational-wave bursts from soft gamma repeaters

Abbott, B. et al. (2008) Search for gravitational-wave bursts from soft gamma repeaters. Physical Review Letters, 101, 211102. (doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.101.211102)

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Abstract

We present a LIGO search for short-duration gravitational waves (GWs) associated with soft gamma ray repeater (SGR) bursts. This is the first search sensitive to neutron star f modes, usually considered the most efficient GW emitting modes. We find no evidence of GWs associated with any SGR burst in a sample consisting of the 27 Dec. 2004 giant flare from SGR 1806-20 and 190 lesser events from SGR 1806-20 and SGR 1900+14. The unprecedented sensitivity of the detectors allows us to set the most stringent limits on transient GW amplitudes published to date. We find upper limit estimates on the model-dependent isotropic GW emission energies (at a nominal distance of 10 kpc) between 3×1045 and 9×1052 erg depending on waveform type, detector antenna factors and noise characteristics at the time of the burst. These upper limits are within the theoretically predicted range of some SGR models.

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Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Heptonstall, Dr Alastair and Grant, Mr Alastair and Cagnoli, Dr Gianpietro and Rowan, Professor Sheila and Messenger, Dr Christopher and Martin, Dr Iain and Robertson, Professor Norna and Hild, Professor Stefan and Barr, Dr Bryan and Sorazu Lucio, Dr Borja and Reid, Professor Stuart and Cumming, Dr Alan and Tokmakov, Dr Kirill and Bastarrika, Mr Mikel and Cunningham, Dr William and Veitch, Dr John and Plissi, Dr Michael and Woan, Professor Graham and Heng, Professor Ik Siong and Nelson, Mr John and Hough, Professor James and Ward, Dr Henry and Newton, Dr Gavin and Torrie, Dr Calum and Huttner, Dr Sabina and Strain, Professor Kenneth and Jones, Mr Russell and Murray, Dr Peter and Pitkin, Dr Matthew and Barton, Dr Mark
Authors: Abbott, B., Abbott, R., Adhikari, R., Ajith, P., Allen, B., Allen, G., Amin, R., Anderson, S., Anderson, W., Arain, M., Araya, M., Armandula, H., Armor, P., Aso, Y., Aston, S., Aufmuth, P., Aulbert, C., Babak, S., Ballmer, S., Bantilan, H., Barish, B., Barker, C., Barker, D., Barr, B., Barriga, P., Barton, M., Bartos, I., Bastarrika, M., Bayer, K., Betzwieser, J., Beyersdorf, P., Bilenko, I., Billingsley, G., Biswas, R., Black, E., Blackburn, K., Blackburn, L., Blair, D., Bland, B., Bodiya, T., Bogue, L., Bork, R., Boschi, V., Bose, S., Brady, P., Braginsky, V., Brau, J., Brinkmann, M., Brooks, A., Brown, D., Brunet, G., Bullington, A., Buonanno, A., Burmeister, O., Byer, R., Cadonati, L., Cagnoli, G., Camp, J., Cannizzo, J., Cannon, K., Cao, J., Cardenas, L., Casebolt, T., Castaldi, G., Cepeda, C., Chalkley, E., Charlton, P., Chatterji, S., Chelkowski, S., Chen, Y., Christensen, N., Clark, D., Clark, J., Cokelaer, T., Conte, R., Cook, D., Corbitt, T., Coyne, D., Creighton, J., Cumming, A., Cunningham, L., Cutler, R., Dalrymple, J., Danzmann, K., Davies, G., DeBra, D., Degallaix, J., Degree, M., Dergachev, V., Desai, S., DeSalvo, R., Dhurandhar, S., Diaz, M., Dickson, J., Dietz, A., Donovan, F., Dooley, K., Doomes, E., Drever, R., Duke, I., Dumas, J., Dupuis, R., Dwyer, J., Echols, C., Effler, A., Ehrens, P., Espinoza, E., Etzel, T., Evans, T., Fairhurst, S., Fan, Y., Fazi, D., Fehrmann, H., Fejer, M., Finn, L., Flasch, K., Fotopoulos, N., Freise, A., Frey, R., Fricke, T., Fritschel, P., Frolov, V., Fyffe, M., Garofoli, J., Gholami, I., Giaime, J., Giampanis, S., Giardina, K., Goda, K., Goetz, E., Goggin, L., Gonzalez, G., Gossler, S., Gouaty, R., Grant, A., Gras, S., Gray, C., Gray, M., Greenhalgh, R., Gretarsson, A., Grimaldi, F., Grosso, R., Grote, H., Grunewald, S., Guenther, M., Gustafson, E., Gustafson, R., Hage, B., Hallam, J., Hammer, D., Hanna, C., Hanson, J., Harms, J., Harry, G., Harstad, E., Hayama, K., Hayler, T., Heefner, J., Heng, I.S., 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College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Physics and Astronomy
Journal Name:Physical Review Letters
Publisher:American Physical Society
ISSN:0031-9007
ISSN (Online):1079-7114

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