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First all-sky upper limits from LIGO on the strength of periodic gravitational waves using the Hough transform

Abbott, B. and Adhikari, Rana X. and Agresti, J. and Anderson, S. B. and Araya, M. and Armandula, H. and Asiri, F. and Barish, B. C. and Barnes, M. and Barton, M. A. and Bhawal, B. and Billingsley, G. and Black, E. and Blackburn, K. and Bork, R. and Brown, D. A. and Buonanno, A. and Busby, D. and Cardenas, L. and Chandler, A. and Chapsky, J. and Charlton, P. and Chatterji, S. and Coyne, D. and Creighton, T. D. and D'Ambrosio, E. and DeSalvo, R. and Ding, H. and Drever, R. W. P. and Dupuis, R. J. and Edlund, J. A. and Ehrens, P. and Etzel, T. and Evans, M. and Farnham, D. and Fine, M. and Gillespie, A. and Goggin, L. and Grimmett, D. and Hartunian, A. and Heefner, J. and Hoang, P. and Hrynevych, M. and Ivanov, A. and Jones, L. and Jungwirth, D. and Kells, W. and King, C. and King, P. and Kozak, D. and Lazzarini, A. and Lei, M. and Libbrecht, K. and Lindquist, P. and Liu, S. and Logan, J. and Lyons, T. T. and Mageswaran, M. and Mailand, K. and Majid, W. and Mandic, V. and Mann, F. and Maros, E. and Mason, J. and Meshkov, S. and Miyakawa, O. and Miyoki, S. and Nash, T. and Nocera, F. and Ouimette, D. and Pan, Y. and Pedraza, M. and Rao, S. R. and Redding, D. and Regehr, M. W. and Reilly, K. T. and Reithmaier, K. and Robison, L. and Romie, J. and Rose, D. and Russell, P. and Salzman, I. and Sanders, G. H. and Sannibale, V. and Schmidt, V. and Sears, B. and Seel, S. and Shawhan, P. and Sievers, L. and Smith, M. R. and Spero, R. and Sumner, M. C. and Sutton, P. J. and Sylvestre, J. and Takamori, A. and Tariq, H. and Taylor, R. and Thorne, K. S. and Tilav, S. and Tinto, M. and Torrie, C. and Tyler, W. and Vass, S. and Vallisneri, M. and Wallace, L. and Ward, R. and Ware, B. and Webber, D. and Whitcomb, S. E. and Willems, P. A. and Williams, R. and Wilson, A. and Yamamoto, H. and Zhang, L. and Zweizig, J. and Weinstein, Alan J. and Chen, Y. (2005) First all-sky upper limits from LIGO on the strength of periodic gravitational waves using the Hough transform. Physical Review D, 72 (10). Art. No. 102004. ISSN 2470-0010. doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.72.102004.

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We perform a wide parameter-space search for continuous gravitational waves over the whole sky and over a large range of values of the frequency and the first spin-down parameter. Our search method is based on the Hough transform, which is a semicoherent, computationally efficient, and robust pattern recognition technique. We apply this technique to data from the second science run of the LIGO detectors and our final results are all-sky upper limits on the strength of gravitational waves emitted by unknown isolated spinning neutron stars on a set of narrow frequency bands in the range 200–400   Hz. The best upper limit on the gravitational-wave strain amplitude that we obtain in this frequency range is 4.43×10^(-23).

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Additional Information:© 2005 The American Physical Society. Received 13 September 2005; published 28 November 2005. 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 Educaciόn y Ciencia, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Research Corporation, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. This document has been assigned LIGO Laboratory document number LIGOP050013-00-R.
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Official Citation:First all-sky upper limits from LIGO on the strength of periodic gravitational waves using the Hough transform B. Abbott et al. (LIGO Scientific Collaboration) Published 28 November 2005 (22 pages) 102004
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