[1110.3169] Searching for electromagnetic counterparts of gravitational wave transients

Authors: M. Branchesi (1,2)on behalf of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, the Virgo Collaboration, A. Klotz (3), M. Laas-Bourez (4) ((1) Università degli Studi di Urbino "Carlo Bo", Italy, (2) INFN - Sezione di Firenze, Italy, (3) Universitè de Toulouse/IRAP, France, (4) ICRAR/School of Physics, University of Western Australia, Australia)

Date: 14 Oct 2011

Abstract: A pioneering electromagnetic (EM) observation follow-up program of candidate gravitational wave (GW) triggers has been performed, Dec 17 2009 to Jan 8 2010 and Sep 4 to Oct 20 2010, during the recent LIGO/Virgo run. The follow-up program involved ground-based and space EM facilities observing the sky at optical, X-ray and radio wavelengths. The joint GW/EM observation study requires the development of specific image analysis procedures able to discriminate the possible EM counterpart of GW trigger from background events. The paper shows an overview of the EM follow-up program and the developing image analysis procedures as they are applied to data collected with TAROT and Zadko.

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1110.3169 (/preprints)
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