Upper limits on the strength of periodic gravitational waves from PSR J1939+2134

B. Allen, G. Woan, C. A. Cantley, LIGO Scientific Collaboration

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The first science run of the LIGO and GEO gravitational wave detectors presented the opportunity to test methods of searching for gravitational waves from known pulsars. Here we present new direct upper limits on the strength of waves from the pulsar PSR J1939+2134 using two independent analysis methods, one in the frequency domain using frequentist statistics and one in the time domain using Bayesian inference. Both methods show that the strain amplitude at Earth from this pulsar is less than a few times 10−22.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S671-S676
Number of pages6
JournalClassical and Quantum Gravity
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 9 Feb 2004


  • LIGO
  • geo 600 data
  • gravitational wave detectors

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