All-sky LIGO search for periodic gravitational waves in the early fifth-science-run data

B.P. Abbott, R. Abbott, R. Adhikari, P. Ajith, B. Allen, G. Allen, R.S. Amin, S.B. Anderson, N.A. Lockerbie, LIGO Sci Collaboration

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Abstract

We report on an all-sky search with the LIGO detectors for periodic gravitational waves in the frequency range 50-1100 Hz and with the frequency's time derivative in the range -5×10-9-0  Hz s-1. Data from the first eight months of the fifth LIGO science run (S5) have been used in this search, which is based on a semicoherent method (PowerFlux) of summing strain power. Observing no evidence of periodic gravitational radiation, we report 95% confidence-level upper limits on radiation emitted by any unknown isolated rotating neutron stars within the search range. Strain limits below 10-24 are obtained over a 200-Hz band, and the sensitivity improvement over previous searches increases the spatial volume sampled by an average factor of about 100 over the entire search band. For a neutron star with nominal equatorial ellipticity of 10-6, the search is sensitive to distances as great as 500 pc.
Original languageEnglish
Article number111102
Number of pages6
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume102
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 Mar 2009

Keywords

  • all-sky ligo
  • periodic gravitational waves

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Abbott, B. P., Abbott, R., Adhikari, R., Ajith, P., Allen, B., Allen, G., Amin, R. S., Anderson, S. B., Lockerbie, N. A., & LIGO Sci Collaboration (2009). All-sky LIGO search for periodic gravitational waves in the early fifth-science-run data. Physical Review Letters, 102(11), [111102 ]. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.102.111102