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ID: 51089.0, MPI für Gravitationsphysik / Astrophysical Relativity
Swift Pointing and Gravitational-Wave Bursts from Gamma-Ray Burst Events
Authors:Finn, Lee Samuel; Krishnan, Badri; Sutton, Patrick J.
Date of Publication (YYYY-MM-DD):2003
Title of Journal:Classical and Quantum Gravity
Start Page:815
End Page:820
Sequence Number of Article:062
Review Status:not specified
Audience:Not Specified
Abstract / Description:The currently accepted model for gamma-ray burst phenomena involves the violent formation of a rapidly rotating solar-mass black hole. Gravitational waves should be associated with the black-hole formation, and their detection would permit this model to be tested. Even upper limits on the gravitational-wave strength associated with gamma-ray bursts could constrain the gamma-ray burst model. This requires joint observations of gamma-ray burst events with gravitational and gamma-ray detectors. Here we examine how the quality of an upper limit on the gravitational-wave strength associated with gamma-ray bursts depends on the relative orientation of the gamma-ray-burst and gravitational-wave detectors, and apply our results to the particular case of the Swift Burst-Alert Telescope (BAT) and the LIGO gravitational-wave detectors. A result of this investigation is a science-based ``figure of merit'' that can be used, together with other mission constraints, to optimize the pointing of the Swift telescope for the detection of gravitational waves associated with gamma-ray bursts.
External Publication Status:published
Document Type:Article
Communicated by:Bernhard F. Schutz
Affiliations:MPI für Gravitationsphysik/Astrophysical Relativity
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