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Signatures and dynamics of compact binary coalescences and a search in LIGO's S5 data

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Keppel, Drew Garvin (2009) Signatures and dynamics of compact binary coalescences and a search in LIGO's S5 data. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechETD:etd-05202009-115750

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In this thesis, we probe several aspects of compact binary environments, focusing on results of orbits and collisions of compact objects. First, we describe a search for low-mass compact-binary-coalescence gravitational-wave signals in data from the LIGO detectors' most sensitive, longest-running science run to date (S5). We also go into detail on the interpretation of the results including its development. We then investigate the bounds on the mass of the graviton that could be achieved from the detection gravitational waves from a binary black hole merger. Last, we study the flow of momentum in compact binaries using the Landau-Lifshitz formalism.

Item Type:Thesis (Dissertation (Ph.D.))
Subject Keywords:black holes; compact binary coalescence; data analysis; field momentum; gravitational waves; inspiral; LIGO
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy
Major Option:Physics
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Weinstein, Alan Jay
Thesis Committee:
  • Weinstein, Alan Jay (chair)
  • Thorne, Kip S.
  • Prince, Thomas A.
  • Chen, Yanbei
Defense Date:20 April 2009
Record Number:CaltechETD:etd-05202009-115750
Persistent URL:http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechETD:etd-05202009-115750
Default Usage Policy:No commercial reproduction, distribution, display or performance rights in this work are provided.
ID Code:1901
Collection:CaltechTHESIS
Deposited By: Imported from ETD-db
Deposited On:29 May 2009
Last Modified:11 Dec 2014 00:44

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