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Prospects for observing and localizing gravitational-wave transients with Advanced LIGO and Advanced Virgo

Abbott, Benjamin P., Dooley, Katherine, Fairhurst, Stephen, Fays, Maxime, Grote, Hartmut, Hannam, Mark, Hopkins, Paul, Ohme, Frank, Pannarale Greco, Franceso, Predoi, Valeriu, Puerrer, Michael, Sathyaprakash, Bangalore Suryanarayana, Schutz, Bernard Frederick, Sutton, Patrick J. and Williamson, Andrew Robert 2016. Prospects for observing and localizing gravitational-wave transients with Advanced LIGO and Advanced Virgo. Living Reviews in Relativity 19 , 1. 10.1007/lrr-2016-1

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We present a possible observing scenario for the Advanced LIGO and Advanced Virgo gravitational-wave detectors over the next decade, with the intention of providing information to the astronomy community to facilitate planning for multi-messenger astronomy with gravitational waves. We determine the expected sensitivity of the network to transient gravitational-wave signals, and study the capability of the network to determine the sky location of the source. We report our findings for gravitational-wave transients, with particular focus on gravitational-wave signals from the inspiral of binary neutron-star systems, which are considered the most promising for multi-messenger astronomy. The ability to localize the sources of the detected signals depends on the geographical distribution of the detectors and their relative sensitivity, and 90% credible regions can be as large as thousands of square degrees when only two sensitive detectors are operational. Determining the sky position of a significant fraction of detected signals to areas of 5 deg^2 to 20 deg^2 will require at least three detectors of sensitivity within a factor of ~2 of each other and with a broad frequency bandwidth. Should the third LIGO detector be relocated to India as expected, a significant fraction of gravitational-wave signals will be localized to a few square degrees by gravitational-wave observations alone

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Physics and Astronomy
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
Additional Information: For full list of authors, please see attached article or follow the links to the publisher page
Publisher: Max-Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics
ISSN: 1433-8351
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 13 April 2016
Date of Acceptance: 22 January 2016
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2020 03:07

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