[1204.4510] Optimizing optical follow-up of gravitational-wave candidates

Authors: Leo Singer, Larry Price, Antony Speranza

Date: 20 Apr 2012

Abstract: Observations with interferometric gravitational-wave detectors result in probability sky maps that are multimodal and spread over 10-100 degˆ2. We present a scheme for maximizing the probability of imaging optical counterparts to gravitational-wave transients given limited observing resources. Our framework is capable of coordinating many telescopes with different fields of view and limiting magnitudes. We present a case study comparing three different planning algorithms. We find that, with the network of telescopes that was used in the most recent joint LIGO-Virgo science run, a relatively straightforward coordinated approach doubles the detection efficiency relative to each telescope observing independently.

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May 18, 2012

1204.4510 (/preprints)
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