LIGO Document P070053-x0

Searches for Gravitational Waves from Binary Neutron Stars: A Review

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LIGO-P070053-x0
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Abstract:
A new generation of observatories is looking for gravitational waves. These waves, emitted by highly relativistic systems, will open a new window for observation of the cosmos when they are detected. Among the most promising sources of gravitational waves for these observatories are compact binaries in the final minutes before coalescence. In this article, we review in brief interferometric searches for gravitational waves emitted by neutron star binaries, including the theory, instrumentation and methods. No detections have been made to date. However, the best direct observational limits on coalescence rates have been set, and instrumentation and analysis methods continue to be refined toward the ultimate goal of defining the new field of gravitational wave astronomy.
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Rev P070053-01-Z:
- Full document number: LIGO-P070053-01-Z
- Author(s): Warren Anderson; Jolien Creighton
- Document date: 2007-05-01
- Document received date: 2007-05-01
- Document entry date: 2007-05-01
- Citation reference: Proceedings of the 208th Meeting of the American Astronomical Society

Rev P070053-00-Z:
- Full document number: LIGO-P070053-00-Z
- Author(s): Warren Anderson; Jolien Creighton
- Document date: 2007-04-27
- Document received date: 2007-04-27
- Document entry date: 2007-04-27
- Citation reference: Proceedings of the 208th Meeting of the American Astronomical Society

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