Prospects for the first gravitational wave detections

Date: 
08/06/2014 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Speaker: 
Bernard Schutz
Speaker affiliation: 
The director of the Albert Einstein Institute of the Max Planck Institute
Location: 
78-2130

The first direct detections of gravitational waves from compact stellar-mass 
binaries by Advanced LIGO and its partners may happen within the next 3 
years, and detection of radiation from supermassive black-hole binaries by 
pulsar timing arrays may happen in the same time-frame. Identifying the 
locations of the first systems will likely require wide-field transient-event 
surveys. LIGO and Virgo have signed over 60 MOUs with observational 
groups to do multi-messenger follow-ups. Once Virgo joins LIGO, the search 
regions will narrow considerably, and when LIGO-India and the Japanese 
KAGRA detectors come online follow-up observations should be much more 
successful. And transient EM observations will begin to provide triggers for 
deeper searches in the GW network's data. The complementarity of GW 
and EM observations will provide rich insights into the physics of these 
extreme systems.

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