Search for gravitational waves from Scorpius X-1 in the second Advanced LIGO observing run with an improved hidden Markov model

B. P. Abbott, S. V. Angelova, R. Birney, N. A. Lockerbie, S. Macfoy, S. Reid, LIGO Scientific Collaboration, Virgo Collaboration

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Abstract

We present results from a semicoherent search for continuous gravitational waves from the low-mass x-ray binary Scorpius X-1, using a hidden Markov model (HMM) to track spin wandering. This search improves on previous HMM-based searches of LIGO data by using an improved frequency domain matched filter, the J-statistic, and by analyzing data from Advanced LIGO’s second observing run. In the frequency range searched, from 60 to 650 Hz, we find no evidence of gravitational radiation. At 194.6 Hz, the most sensitive search frequency, we report an upper limit on gravitational wave strain (at 95% confidence) of h95%0=3.47×10−25 when marginalizing over source inclination angle. This is the most sensitive search for Scorpius X-1, to date, that is specifically designed to be robust in the presence of spin wandering.

Original languageEnglish
Article number122002
Number of pages21
JournalPhysical Review D
Volume100
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Dec 2019

Keywords

  • LIGO
  • gravitational wave sources
  • gravitational waves
  • neutron stars
  • pulsars
  • binary black hole mergers

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