Template-less searches for gravitational wave bursts and astrophysical signatures

01/19/2010 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Laura Cadonati for the LIGO Scientific Collaboration and Virgo Collaboration
Speaker affiliation: 
University of Massachusetts

A growing network of collaborations between gravitational wave experiments, numerical relativity, astronomy and particle physics is taking shape, in preparation for the second generation of ground-based gravitational wave interferometers.

In this talk I will review results, status and prospects for some of these collaboration efforts, in the context of template-less searches for gravitational wave bursts and binary black hole coalescences.  Template-less searches are designed to sift through data from multiple detectors for gravitational wave transients with minimal assumptions on the signal. I will review the challenges and advantages of these searches, with particular attention to the coalescence of black hole binary systems over a wide parameter space.

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