LIGO Document G0900531-v4

Sky localization of burst sources with networks of GW detectors

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Sky coordinate reconstruction is a necessary tool for the future of gravitational wave (GW) astronomy. It will give us fundamentally new information about GW sources and their population distribution. Prompt detection of GW signals and estimation of source coordinates enables coincident observations with other astronomical instruments, and therefore significantly increases the confidence of detection as well as providing complementary information about the physics of events. In preparation for the next science run, we studied the position reconstruction capabilities of the LIGO-Virgo network for burst GW signals and present the results obtained with different reconstruction methods.
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