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Matter Effects on LIGO/Virgo Searches for Gravitational Waves from Merging Neutron Stars

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Harry,  Ian
Astrophysical and Cosmological Relativity, AEI-Golm, MPI for Gravitational Physics, Max Planck Society;

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Cullen, T., Harry, I., Read, J., & Flynn, E. (2017). Matter Effects on LIGO/Virgo Searches for Gravitational Waves from Merging Neutron Stars. Classical and quantum gravity, 34(24): 245003. doi:10.1088/1361-6382/aa9424.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0000-B11A-B
Abstract
Gravitational waves from merging neutron stars are expected to be observed in the next 5 years. We explore the potential impact of matter effects on gravitational waves from merging double neutron-star binaries. If neutron star binaries exist with chirp masses less than roughly 1 solar mass and typical neutron-star radii are larger than roughly 14 km, or if neutron-star radii are larger than 15-16 km for the chirp masses of galactic neutron-star binaries, then matter will have a significant impact on the effectiveness of a point-particle-based search at Advanced LIGO design sensitivity (roughly 5% additional loss of signals). In a configuration typical of LIGO's first observing run, extreme matter effects lead to up to 10% potential loss in the most extreme cases.