Swift follow-up observations of candidate gravitational-wave transient events

Evans, P. A. et al. (2012) Swift follow-up observations of candidate gravitational-wave transient events. Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, 203(2), p. 28. (doi:10.1088/0067-0049/203/2/28)

Evans, P. A. et al. (2012) Swift follow-up observations of candidate gravitational-wave transient events. Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, 203(2), p. 28. (doi:10.1088/0067-0049/203/2/28)

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Abstract

We present the first multi-wavelength follow-up observations of two candidate gravitational-wave (GW) transient events recorded by LIGO and Virgo in their 2009-2010 science run. The events were selected with low latency by the network of GW detectors (within less than 10 minutes) and their candidate sky locations were observed by the <i>Swift</i> observatory (within 12 hr). Image transient detection was used to analyze the collected electromagnetic data, which were found to be consistent with background. Off-line analysis of the GW data alone has also established that the selected GW events show no evidence of an astrophysical origin; one of them is consistent with background and the other one was a test, part of a "blind injection challenge." With this work we demonstrate the feasibility of rapid follow-ups of GW transients and establish the sensitivity improvement joint electromagnetic and GW observations could bring. This is a first step toward an electromagnetic follow-up program in the regime of routine detections with the advanced GW instruments expected within this decade. In that regime, multi-wavelength observations will play a significant role in completing the astrophysical identification of GW sources. We present the methods and results from this first combined analysis and discuss its implications in terms of sensitivity for the present and future instruments.

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Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Grant, Mr Alastair and MacDonald, Miss Erin and Messenger, Dr Christopher and Beveridge, Miss Nicola and Bell, Dr Angus and Hammond, Professor Giles and Hild, Professor Stefan and Barr, Dr Bryan and Sorazu Lucio, Dr Borja and Reid, Professor Stuart and Lawrie, Mr Craig and Edgar, Dr Matthew and Evans, Mr Keith and Gill, Mr Colin and Veitch, Dr John and Plissi, Dr Michael and Speirits, Dr Fiona and Heng, Professor Ik Siong and van Veggel, Dr Anna-Maria and Newton, Dr Gavin and Torrie, Dr Calum and Graef, Dr Christian and Hendry, Professor Martin and Scott, Dr Jamie and Santiago Prieto, Mr Ricardo and Rowan, Professor Sheila and Kumar, Mr Rahul and Abernathy, Mr Matthew and Martin, Dr Iain and Robertson, Professor Norna and Cumming, Dr Alan and Cunningham, Dr William and Bastarrika, Mr Mikel and Woan, Professor Graham and Nelson, Mr John and Hough, Professor James and Huttner, Dr Sabina and Campsie, Mr Paul and Bassiri, Mr Riccardo and Strain, Professor Kenneth and Jones, Mr Russell and Haughian, Dr Karen and Pitkin, Dr Matthew and Murray, Dr Peter
Authors: Evans, P. A., Fridriksson, J. K., Gehrels, N., Homan, J., Osborne, J. P., Siegel, M., Beardmore, A., Handbauer, P., Gelbord, J., Kennea, J. A., Smith, M., Zhu, Q., Aasi, J., Abadie, J., Abbott, B. P., Abbott, R., Abbott, T. D., Abernathy, M., Accadia, T., Acernese, F., Adams, C., Adams, T., Addesso, P., Adhikari, R., Affeldt, C., Agathos, M., Agatsuma, K., Ajith, P., Allen, B., Allocca, A., Amador Ceron, E., Amariutei, D., Anderson, S. B., Anderson, W. G., Arai, K., Araya, M. C., Ast, S., Aston, S. M., Astone, P., Atkinson, D., Aufmuth, P., Aulbert, C., Aylott, B. E., Babak, S., Baker, P., Ballardin, G., Ballmer, S., Bao, Y., Barayoga, J. C. B., Barker, D., Barone, F., Barr, B., Barsotti, L., Barsuglia, M., Barton, M. A., Bartos, I., Bassiri, R., Bastarrika, M., Basti, A., Batch, J., Bauchrowitz, J., Bauer, T. S., Bebronne, M., Beck, D., Behnke, B., Bejger, M., Beker, M. G., Bell, A., Bell, C., Belopolski, I., Benacquista, M., Berliner, J. 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College of Science and Engineering > School of Physics and Astronomy
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