[1105.3184] Localizing compact binary inspirals on the sky using ground-based gravitational wave interferometers

Authors: Samaya M. Nissanke, Jonathan L. Sievers, Neal Dalal, Daniel E. Holz

Date: 16 May 2011

Abstract: The inspirals and mergers of compact binaries are among the most promising events for ground-based gravitational wave (GW) observatories. The detection of electromagnetic (EM) signals from these sources would provide complementary information to the GW signal. It is therefore important to determine the ability of gravitational-wave detectors to localize compact binaries on the sky, so that they can be matched to their EM counterparts. We use Markov Chain Monte Carlo techniques to study sky localization using networks of ground-based interferometers. Using a coherent-network analysis, we find that the LIGO-Virgo network can localize 50% of their ~8 sigma detected neutron star binaries to better than 50 sq.deg. with 95% confidence region. The addition of LCGT and LIGO-Australia improves this to 12 sq.deg.. Using a more conservative coincident detection threshold, we find that 50% of detected neutron star binaries are localized to 13 sq.deg. using the LIGO-Virgo network, and to 3 sq.deg. using the LIGO-Virgo-LCGT-LIGO-Australia network. Our findings suggest that the coordination of GW observatories and EM facilities offers great promise.

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1105.3184 (/preprints)
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