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Search for gravitational waves from a nearby neutron star using barycentric resampling


Patel, Pinkesh K. (2011) Search for gravitational waves from a nearby neutron star using barycentric resampling. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology.


Rapidly spinning neutron stars in our Galactic neighborhood are promising sources of quasi-monochromatic continuous gravitational waves observable by the current LIGO detectors. I describe a search done on the LIGO S5 data, looking for an isolated neutron star hypothesized to be at a distance of about 100 parsecs. This kind of search is computationally bound and is made possible by the implementation of barycentric resampling, which is described here as well. I also describe the work done at the Hanford LIGO site, while taking data for the Astrowatch program.

Item Type:Thesis (Dissertation (Ph.D.))
Subject Keywords:Gravitaional Waves, Resampling, Continuous Waves, Neutron Stars
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:
  • Hirata, Christopher M.
  • Hitlin, David G.
  • Siemens, Xavier
  • Cutler, Curt J.
  • Weinstein, Alan Jay (chair)
Defense Date:26 August 2010
Author Email:ppatel23 (AT)
Funding AgencyGrant Number
Record Number:CaltechTHESIS:09142010-170958877
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Default Usage Policy:No commercial reproduction, distribution, display or performance rights in this work are provided.
ID Code:6030
Deposited By: Pinkesh Patel
Deposited On:01 Oct 2010 22:09
Last Modified:26 Dec 2012 04:30

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