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First low-latency LIGO+Virgo search for binary inspirals and their electromagnetic counterparts

Abadie, J. and Abbott, B. P. and Abbott, R. and Adhikari, Rana X. and Ajith, P. and Anderson, S. B. and Arai, K. and Araya, M. C. and Barayoga, J. C. B. and Betzwieser, J. and Billingsley, G. and Black, E. and Blackburn, J. K. and Bork, R. and Brooks, A. F. and Cepeda, C. and Chalermsongsak, T. and Corsi, A. and Coyne, D. C. and Dannenberg, R. and Daubert, B. and Dergachev, V. and DeSalvo, R. and Driggers, J. C. and Ehrens, P. and Engel, R. and Etzel, T. and Fotopoulos, N. and Gustafson, E. K. and Hanna, C. and Heefner, J. and Heptonstall, A. W. and Hodge, K. A. and Ivanov, A. and Jacobson, M. and James, E. and Kalmus, P. and Kells, W. and King, P. J. and Kondrashov, V. and Korth, W. Z. and Kozak, D. and Lazzarini, A. and Lindquist, P. E. and Mageswaran, M. and Mailand, K. and Maros, E. and Marx, J. N. and McIntyre, G. and Meshkov, S. and Nash, T. and Ogin, G. H. and Osthelder, C. and Patel, P. and Pedraza, M. and Phelps, M. and Price, L. R. and Privitera, S. and Rollins, J. G. and Sannibale, V. and Santamaria, L. and Seifert, F. and Singer, A. and Singer, L. and Smith, M. R. and Stochino, A. and Taylor, R. and Torrie, C. I. and Vass, S. and Vecchio, A. and Villar, A. E. and Wallace, L. and Whitcomb, S. E. and Willems, P. A. and Williams, R. and Yamamoto, H. and Yeaton-Massey, D. and Zhang, L. and Zweizig, J. and Chen, Y. and Hong, T. and Luan, J. and Miao, H. and Ott, C. D. and Somiya, K. and Thorne, K. S. and Wen, L. and Yang, H. and Drever, R. W. P. and Harms, J. and Keppel, D. G. and Weinstein, Alan J. (2012) First low-latency LIGO+Virgo search for binary inspirals and their electromagnetic counterparts. Astronomy and Astrophysics, 541 . Art. No. A155. ISSN 0004-6361. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20120625-071919848

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Abstract

Aims. The detection and measurement of gravitational-waves from coalescing neutron-star binary systems is an important science goal for ground-based gravitational-wave detectors. In addition to emitting gravitational-waves at frequencies that span the most sensitive bands of the LIGO and Virgo detectors, these sources are also amongst the most likely to produce an electromagnetic counterpart to the gravitational-wave emission. A joint detection of the gravitational-wave and electromagnetic signals would provide a powerful new probe for astronomy. Methods. During the period between September 19 and October 20, 2010, the first low-latency search for gravitational-waves from binary inspirals in LIGO and Virgo data was conducted. The resulting triggers were sent to electromagnetic observatories for followup. We describe the generation and processing of the low-latency gravitational-wave triggers. The results of the electromagnetic image analysis will be described elsewhere. Results. Over the course of the science run, three gravitational-wave triggers passed all of the low-latency selection cuts. Of these, one was followed up by several of our observational partners. Analysis of the gravitational-wave data leads to an estimated false alarm rate of once every 6.4 days, falling far short of the requirement for a detection based solely on gravitational-wave data.


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Weinstein, Alan J.0000-0002-0928-6784
Additional Information:© 2012 ESO. Received: 21 January 2012. Accepted: 22 March 2012. Published online 23 May 2012. The authors gratefully acknowledge the support of the United States National Science Foundation for the construction and operation of the LIGO Laboratory, the Science and Technology Facilities 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, and the Italian Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare and the French Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique for the construction and operation of the Virgo detector. The authors also gratefully acknowledge the support of gravitational-wave research by these agencies and by the Australian Research Council, the International Science Linkages program of the Commonwealth of Australia, the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research of India, the Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare of Italy, the Spanish Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia, the Conselleria d’Economia Hisenda i Innovació of the Govern de les Illes Balears, the Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter supported by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education, the FOCUS Programme of Foundation for Polish Science, the Royal Society, the Scottish Funding Council, the Scottish Universities Physics Alliance, The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Carnegie Trust, the Leverhulme Trust, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Research Corporation, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
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Council of Scientific and Industrial Research of IndiaUNSPECIFIED
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Subject Keywords:gravitational waves
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Official Citation:First low-latency LIGO+Virgo search for binary inspirals and their electromagnetic counterparts A155 J. Abadie et al. Published online: 23 May 2012 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361/201218860
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