Application of a Hough search for continuous gravitational waves on data from the fifth LIGO science run

J. Aasi*, J. Abadie, B.P. Abbott, R. Abbott, T. Abbott, M.R. Abernathy, T. Accadia, F. Acernese, C. Adams, T. Adams, R.X. Adhikari, C. Affeldt, M. Agathos, N. Aggarwal, O.D. Aguiar, P. Ajith, B. Allen, A. Allocca, E.A. Ceron, D. AmariuteiR.A. Anderson, S.B. Anderson, W.G. Anderson, K. Arai, M.C. Araya, C. Arceneaux, J. Areeda, S. Ast, S.M. Aston, P. Astone, P. Aufmuth, C. Aulbert, L. Austin, B.E. Aylott, S. Babak, P.T. Baker, G. Ballardin, S.W. Ballmer, J.C. Barayoga, D. Barker, S.H. Barnum, F. Barone, B. Barr, L. Barsotti, M. Barsuglia, M.A. Barton, I. Bartos, R. Bassiri, A. Basti, J. Batch, S.L. Danilishin, S. Hild, J. Steinlechner, S. Steinlechner, J.F.J. van den Brand

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We report on an all-sky search for periodic gravitational waves in the frequency range 50-1000 Hz with the first derivative of frequency in the range -8.9 Chi 10(-10) Hz s(-1) to zero in two years of data collected during LIGO''s fifth science run. Our results employ a Hough transform technique, introducing a chi(2) test and analysis of coincidences between the signal levels in years 1 and 2 of observations that offers a significant improvement in the product of strain sensitivity with compute cycles per data sample compared to previously published searches. Since our search yields no surviving candidates, we present results taking the form of frequency dependent, 95% confidence upper limits on the strain amplitude h(0). The most stringent upper limit from year 1 is 1.0 Chi 10(-24) in the 158.00-158.25 Hz band. In year 2, the most stringent upper limit is 8.9 Chi 10(-25) in the 146.50-146.75 Hz band. This improved detection pipeline, which is computationally efficient by at least two orders of magnitude better than our flagship Einstein@ Home search, will be important for ''quicklook'' searches in the Advanced LIGO and Virgo detector era.
Original languageEnglish
Article number085014
Number of pages35
JournalClassical and Quantum Gravity
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 21 Apr 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • gravitational waves
  • LIGO
  • neutron stars


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