Early Advanced LIGO binary neutron-star sky localization and parameter estimation

C. P.L. Berry, B. Farr, W. M. Farr, C. J. Haster, I. Mandel, H. Middleton, L. P. Singer, A. L. Urban, A. Vecchio, S. Vitale, K. Cannon, P. B. Graff, C. Hanna, S. Mohapatra, C. Pankow, L. R. Price, T. Sidery, J. Veitch

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2015 will see the first observations of Advanced LIGO and the start of the gravitational-wave (GW) advanced-detector era. One of the most promising sources for ground- based GW detectors are binary neutron-star (BNS) coalescences. In order to use any detections for astrophysics, we must understand the capabilities of our parameter-estimation analysis. By simulating the GWs from an astrophysically motivated population of BNSs, we examine the accuracy of parameter inferences in the early advanced-detector era. We find that sky location, which is important for electromagnetic follow-up, can be determined rapidly (∼ 5 s), but that sky areas may be hundreds of square degrees. The degeneracy between component mass and spin means there is significant uncertainty for measurements of the individual masses and spins; however, the chirp mass is well measured (typically better than 0.1%).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number012031
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jun 2 2016
Event11th Edoardo Amaldi Conference on Gravitational Waves, AMALDI 2015 - Gwangju, Korea, Republic of
Duration: Jun 21 2015Jun 26 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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