Journal article

SWIFT FOLLOW-UP OBSERVATIONS OF CANDIDATE GRAVITATIONAL-WAVE TRANSIENT EVENTS

PA Evans, JK Fridriksson, N Gehrels, J Homan, JP Osborne, M Siegel, A Beardmore, P Handbauer, J Gelbord, JA Kennea, M Smith, Q Zhu, J Aasi, J Abadie, BP Abbott, R Abbott, TD Abbott, M Abernathy, T Accadia, F Acernese Show all

ApJS | IOP PUBLISHING LTD | Published : 2012

Abstract

We present the first multi-wavelength follow-up observations of two candidate gravitational-wave (GW) transient events recorded by LIGO and Virgo in their 2009-2010 science run. The events were selected with low latency by the network of GW detectors (within less than 10 minutes) and their candidate sky locations were observed by the Swift observatory (within 12 hr). Image transient detection was used to analyze the collected electromagnetic data, which were found to be consistent with background. Off-line analysis of the GW data alone has also established that the selected GW events show no evidence of an astrophysical origin; one of them is consistent with background and the other one was ..

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Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter supported by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education, the FOCUS Programme of Foundation for Polish Science, the Royal Society, the Scottish Funding Council, the Scottish Universities Physics Alliance, The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Carnegie Trust, the Leverhulme Trust, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Research Corporation, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. This work was also partially supported through a NASA grant/cooperative agreement number NNX09AL61G to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. P. Evans and J.P. Osborne acknowledge financial support from the UK Space Agency.