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The Mock LISA Data Challenges: from challenge 3 to challenge 4

Babak, Stanislav and Vallisneri, Michele and Cohen, Michael and Cutler, Curt (2010) The Mock LISA Data Challenges: from challenge 3 to challenge 4. Classical and Quantum Gravity, 27 (8). Art. No. 084009. ISSN 0264-9381.

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The Mock LISA Data Challenges are a program to demonstrate LISA data-analysis capabilities and to encourage their development. Each round of challenges consists of one or more datasets containing simulated instrument noise and gravitational waves from sources of undisclosed parameters. Participants analyze the datasets and report best-fit solutions for the source parameters. Here we present the results of the third challenge, issued in April 2008, which demonstrated the positive recovery of signals from chirping galactic binaries, from spinning supermassive-black-hole binaries (with optimal SNRs between ~10 and 2000), from simultaneous extreme-mass-ratio inspirals (SNRs of 10–50), from cosmic-string-cusp bursts (SNRs of 10–100), and from a relatively loud isotropic background with Ω_(gw)(f) ~ 10^(−11), slightly below the LISA instrument noise.

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Additional Information:© 2010 IOP Publishing Ltd. Received 16 November 2009, in final form 26 January 2010. Published 6 April 2010. The authors acknowledge support from the German Aerospace Center (SB, AP, JTW); the Max-Planck Society (SB, JTW, AP, RP, ELR); the LISA Mission Science Office at JPL (CC, MV); MNiSW grant N N203 387237 (AB, AK); NASA grants NNG04GD52G (MB), NNG05GI69G and NNX07AJ61G (NJC), 06-BEFS06-31 (MV and CC), NNX07AH22G (IM), and the NASA Center for GW Astronomy at the University of Texas, Brownsville; NSF grant PHY-0855494 (JTW), and the NSF A&A postdoctoral fellowship under AST- 0901985 (IM); the Science and Technology Facilities Council (AV); St Catharine’s College, Cambridge (JG); E.U. FEDER funds, Spanish Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación projects FPA2007-60220, HA2007-0042 and CSD2007-00042, Govern de les Illes Balears, Conselleria d’Economia, Hisenda i Innovació (MT). CC’s and MV’s work was carried out at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, under contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
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German Aerospace CenterUNSPECIFIED
Max-Planck SocietyUNSPECIFIED
JPL LISA Mission Science OfficeUNSPECIFIED
Minister nauki i szkolnictwa wyższego (MNiSW)N N203 387237
University of Texas NASA Center for GW AstronomyUNSPECIFIED
NSF A&A postdoctoral fellowshipAST- 0901985
Science and Technology Facilities CouncilUNSPECIFIED
St Catharine’s College, CambridgeUNSPECIFIED
Spanish Ministerio de Ciencia e InnovaciónFPA2007-60220
Spanish Ministerio de Ciencia e InnovaciónHA2007-0042
Spanish Ministerio de Ciencia e InnovaciónCSD2007-00042
Govern de les Illes Balears, Conselleria d’Economia, Hisenda i InnovacióUNSPECIFIED
Issue or Number:8
Classification Code:PACS: 04.80.Nn, 95.55.Ym
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Official Citation:Stanislav Babak et al 2010 Class. Quantum Grav. 27 084009 doi: 10.1088/0264-9381/27/8/084009
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Deposited By: Tony Diaz
Deposited On:30 Nov 2010 17:04
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