Is there potential complementarity between LISA and pulsar timing?

Pitkin, M. , Clark, J., Hendry, M.A., Heng, I.S. , Messenger, C., Toher, J. and Woan, G. (2008) Is there potential complementarity between LISA and pulsar timing? Journal of Physics: Conference Series, 122, 012004. (doi:10.1088/1742-6596/122/1/012004)

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/1742-6596/122/1/012004

Abstract

We open the discussion into how the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) observations of supermassive black-hole (SMBH) mergers (in the mass range ~ 106–108 Mθ) may be complementary to pulsar timing-based gravitational wave searches. We consider the toy model of determining pulsar distances by exploiting the fact that LISA SMBH inspiral observations can place tight parameter constraints on the signal present in pulsar timing observations. We also suggest, as a future path of research, the use of LISA ring-down observations from the most massive (gsim a few 107 Mθ) black-hole mergers, for which the inspiral stage will lie outside the LISA band, as both a trigger and constraint on searches within pulsar timing data for the inspiral stage of the merger.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Messenger, Dr Christopher and Heng, Professor Ik Siong and Woan, Professor Graham and Pitkin, Dr Matthew
Authors: Pitkin, M., Clark, J., Hendry, M.A., Heng, I.S., Messenger, C., Toher, J., and Woan, G.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Physics and Astronomy
Journal Name:Journal of Physics: Conference Series
ISSN:1742-6596

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459312Investigations in Gravitational Radiation.Sheila RowanScience & Technologies Facilities Council (STFC)ST/I001085/1Physics and Astronomy