LIGO Document P070115-x0

Search method for coincident events from LIGO and IceCube detectors

Document #:
LIGO-P070115-x0
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P - Publications
Abstract:
We present a coincidence search method for astronomical events using gravitational wave detectors in conjunction with other astronomical observations. We illustrate our method for the specific case of the LIGO gravitational wave detector and the IceCube neutrino detector. LIGO trigger events and IceCube events which occur within a given time window are selected as time-coincident events. Then the spatial overlap of the reconstructed event directions is evaluated using an unbinned maximum likelihood method. Our method was tested with Monte Carlo simulations based on realistic LIGO and IceCube event distributions. We estimated a typical false alarm rate for the analysis to be 1 event per 435 years. This is significantly smaller than the false alarm rates of the individual detectors.
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Rev P070115-01-Z:
- Full document number: LIGO-P070115-01-Z
- Author(s): Yoichi Aso; Zsuzsa Marka; Chad Finley; John Dwyer; Kei Kotake; Szabolcs Marka
- Document date: 2007-11-01
- Document received date: 2007-11-01
- Document entry date: 2007-11-01

Rev P070115-00-Z:
- Full document number: LIGO-P070115-00-Z
- Author(s): Yoichi Aso; Zsuzsa Marka; Chad Finley; John Dwyer; Kei Kotake; Szabolcs Marka
- Document date: 2007-10-11
- Document received date: 2007-10-11
- Document entry date: 2007-10-11
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Published in Class Quant Grav vol. 25 pg. 114039 (9pp).

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