Full band all-sky search for periodic gravitational waves in the O1 LIGO data

B. P. Abbott, R. Birney, S. Jawahar, N. A. Lockerbie, S. Reid, K. V. Tokmakov, LIGO Scientific Collaboration, Virgo Collaboration

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

30 Citations (Scopus)
38 Downloads (Pure)


We report on a new all-sky search for periodic gravitational waves in the frequency band 475–2000 Hz and with a frequency time derivative in the range of [−1.0,+0.1]×10−8  Hz/s. Potential signals could be produced by a nearby spinning and slightly nonaxisymmetric isolated neutron star in our Galaxy. This search uses the data from Advanced LIGO’s first observational run O1. No gravitational-wave signals were observed, and upper limits were placed on their strengths. For completeness, results from the separately published low-frequency search 20–475 Hz are included as well. Our lowest upper limit on worst-case (linearly polarized) strain amplitude h0 is ∼4×10−25 near 170 Hz, while at the high end of our frequency range, we achieve a worst-case upper limit of 1.3×10−24. For a circularly polarized source (most favorable orientation), the smallest upper limit obtained is ∼1.5×10−25.

Original languageEnglish
Article number102003
Number of pages31
JournalPhysical Review D
Publication statusPublished - 11 May 2018


  • LIGO
  • gravitational wave sources
  • gravitational waves
  • neutron stars

Cite this