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Rapid detection of gravitational waves from compact binary mergers with PyCBC Live


Nitz,  Alexander H.
Observational Relativity and Cosmology, AEI-Hannover, MPI for Gravitational Physics, Max Planck Society;

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Nitz, A. H., Dal Canton, T., Davis, D., & Reyes, S. (2018). Rapid detection of gravitational waves from compact binary mergers with PyCBC Live. Physical Review D, 98(2): 024050. doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.98.024050.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0001-9098-0
We introduce an efficient and straightforward technique for rapidly detecting gravitational waves from compact binary mergers. We show that this method achieves the low latencies required to alert electromagnetic partners of candidate binary mergers, aids in data monitoring, and makes use of multidetector networks for sky localization. This approach was instrumental to the analysis of gravitational-wave candidates during the second observing run of Advanced LIGO, including the period of coincident operation with Advanced Virgo, and in particular the analysis of the first observed binary neutron star merger GW170817, where it led to the first tightly localized sky map ($31~\mathrm{deg}^2$) used to identify AT 2017gfo. Operation of this analysis also enabled the initial discovery of GW170104 and GW170608 despite non-nominal observing of the instrument.