Gravitational Wave Search Using Gamma-ray Bursts with Advanced LIGO


I will present results from Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) search for gravitational waves (GWs) associated with gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) during LIGO’s first observing run in 2015-16. Gamma-ray bursts are expected to have a GW counterpart that could be observed by Advanced LIGO; the detection of coincident radiation would give an unprecedented opportunity for multimessenger astronomy. Gamma-ray satellites reported 110 GRBs from which 41 had sufficient duration and quality of LIGO data to be analyzed. While no candidates were found, we put lower bounds on the median source distance for various scenarios of GW emission. I will also talk about the search for GWs associated with GRB 150906B, for which the potential host galaxy NGC 3313 is at a luminosity distance of only 54 Mpc (z = 0.0124). I will conclude with an update about LIGO’s second observing run that started on November 30, 2016.

Jul 3, 2017
Hull, United Kingdom
Ronaldas Macas
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

I am interested in data analysis and astrophysics of gravitational waves, and their application for multi-messenger astronomy.