Search for gravitational waves from Scorpius X-1 in the first Advanced LIGO observing run with a hidden Markov model

LIGO Scientific Collaboration, Virgo Collaboration

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Abstract

Results are presented from a semicoherent search for continuous gravitational waves from the brightest low-mass X-ray binary, Scorpius X-1, using data collected during the first Advanced LIGO observing run. The search combines a frequency domain matched filter (Bessel-weighted F-statistic) with a hidden Markov model to track wandering of the neutron star spin frequency. No evidence of gravitational waves is found in the frequency range 60-650 Hz. Frequentist 95% confidence strain upper limits, h(0)(95%) = 4.0 x 10(-25), 8.3 x 10(-25), and 3.0 x 10(-25) for electromagnetically restricted source orientation, unknown polarization, and circular polarization, respectively, are reported at 106 Hz. They are <= 10 times higher than the theoretical torque-balance limit at 106 Hz.
Original languageEnglish
Article number122003
Number of pages20
JournalPhysical Review D
Volume95
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jun 2017
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • X-RAY BINARIES
  • NEUTRON-STARS
  • RADIATION
  • EMISSION
  • BOUNDS
  • NOISE

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