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First LIGO search for gravitational wave bursts from cosmic (super)strings.
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We report on a matched-filter search for gravitational wave bursts from cosmic string cusps using LIGO data from the fourth science run (S4) which took place in February and March 2005. No gravitational waves were detected in 14.9 days of data from times when all three LIGO detectors were operating. We interpret the result in terms of a frequentist upper limit on the rate of gravitational wave bursts and use the limits on the rate to constrain the parameter space (string tension, reconnection probability, and loop sizes) of cosmic string models. Many grand unified theory-scale models (with string tension Gµ/c^2[approximate]10^(-6)) can be ruled out at 90% confidence for reconnection probabilities p<=10^(-3) if loop sizes are set by gravitational back reaction.
|Additional Information:||© 2009 The American Physical Society. Received 29 May 2009; published 23 September 2009. The authors would like to thank Irit Maor and Alexander
Vilenkin for useful discussions. The authors gratefully
acknowledge the support of the United States National
Science Foundation for the construction and operation of
the LIGO Laboratory and the Particle Physics and
Astronomy Research Council of the United Kingdom, the
Max-Planck-Society, and the State of Niedersachsen/
Germany for support of the construction and operation of
the GEO600 detector. The authors also gratefully acknowledge
the support of the research by these agencies and by
the Australian Research Council, the Natural Sciences and
Engineering Research Council of Canada, the Council of
Scientific and Industrial Research of India, the Department
of Science and Technology of India, the Spanish Ministerio
de Educacion y Ciencia, The National Aeronautics and
Space Administration, the John Simon Guggenheim
Foundation, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation,
the Leverhulme Trust, the David and Lucile Packard
Foundation, the Research Corporation, and the Alfred P.
Sloan Foundation. LIGO DCC No. LIGO-P0900026.|
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