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Alexander dietz louisiana state university for the ligo scientific collaboration

Alexander Dietz

Louisiana State University

for the LIGO Scientific Collaboration

Searching the LIGO data for coincidences with Gamma Ray Bursts

LIGO-G060179-00-Z


Gamma ray bursts

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Gamma Ray Bursts

  • Properties of the bursts

    • Known to be cosmological in origin

    • Last from few milliseconds to several minutes

  • Long GRBs

    • Last more than 2 seconds

    • Associated with stellar collapse

  • Short GRBs

    • Last less than 2 seconds

    • Evidence for compact binary progenitors


Learning about grb progenitors with ligo

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Learning about GRB progenitors with LIGO

  • LIGO provides a way to look for GRB progenitors

    • Coincident detection of a GRB and a gravitational-wave signal

Would confirm compact binary as progenitor

Gravitational-wave observation can at least bound the distance to the GRB

  • If a close GRB is confirmed without LIGO detection

Rule out compact binary as progenitor


How is the search done

Off-source

On-source

Off-source

How is the search done?

  • GRB trigger gives estimate of binary merger time.

  • Assume GW signal is in 180s segment around GRB trigger

  • Compare triggers from on-source to off-source

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Inspiral search pipeline

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The GRB triggered search can probe deeper into the noise than the blind search!

Inspiral search pipeline

  • Other inspiral searches are blind

    • Location and time of binary inspiral & merger are unknown

  • GRB triggered search:

    • Sky location gives time-delay between sites

    • Relative amplitude known in each instrument

    • Quite rare events (one short GRB per month)


Inspiral search pipeline1

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Inspiral search pipeline

  • Same pipeline as blind inspiral searches

    • (see prev. talk by Duncan Brown)

    • Searching component masses between1 and 30 Mסּ

  • Some parameters chosen differently

    • Only analyze data around GRB trigger

    • Use lower SNR threshold in filtering step

  • Advantage

    • Decrease SNR threshold to 4 would increase range of search by factor of 2


What can we expect

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What can we expect?

  • Even in the case of no-detection:

    • Derive exclusion area for masses


Summary outlook

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Summary & Outlook

  • GRB triggered search: Location and time known

  • Much deeper search possible

  • Uses same pipeline as other inspiral searches

  • Injections and Timeslides are almost done

  • Much higher detection range possible (redshift 0.02)

  • To be done:

  • Refine pipeline parameters (coincidence window)

  • Simulate a real GRB

  • Compare foreground with background


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