[gr-qc/0505138] Fibered Manifolds, Natural Bundles, Structured Sets, G-Sets and all that: The Hole Story from Space Time to Elementary Particles

Authors: J. Stachel, M. Iftime

Date: Sat, 28 May 2005

Abstract: In this paper we review the hole argument for the space-time points and elementary particles and generalize the hole argument to include all geometric object fields and diffeomorphisms; and, by application of forgetful functors to abstract from differentiability and even continuity, the hole argument is applied to a much wider class of mathematical objects. We discuss the problem concerning the individuation of the objects in more general settings such that fibered manifolds, fibered sets and n-ary relations.

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May 30, 2005

0505138 (/preprints/gr-qc)
2005-05-30, 11:23 [edit]

[gr-qc/0504049] False discovery rate: setting the probability of false claim of detection

Authors: L. Baggio, G. A. Prodi

Date: Thu, 26 May 2005

Abstract: When testing multiple hypothesis in a survey --e.g. many different source locations, template waveforms, and so on-- the final result consists in a set of confidence intervals, each one at a desired confidence level. But the probability that at least one of these intervals does not cover the true value increases with the number of trials. With a sufficiently large array of confidence intervals, one can be sure that at least one is missing the true value. In particular, the probability of false claim of detection becomes not negligible. In order to compensate for this, one should increase the confidence level, at the price of a reduced detection power. False discovery rate control is a relatively new statistical procedure that bounds the number of mistakes made when performing multiple hypothesis tests. We shall review this method, discussing exercise applications to the field of gravitational wave surveys.

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May 28, 2005

0504049 (/preprints/gr-qc)
2005-05-28, 13:33 [edit]

[gr-qc/0503124] Complete adiabatic waveform templates for a test-mass in the Schwarzschild spacetime: VIRGO and Advanced LIGO studies

Authors: P. Ajith, Bala R. Iyer, C. A. K. Robinson, B. S. Sathyaprakash

Date: Tue, 24 May 2005

Abstract: Post-Newtonian expansions of the binding energy and gravitational wave flux truncated at the same relative post-Newtonian order form the basis of the standard adiabatic approximation to the phasing of gravitational waves from inspiralling compact binaries. Viewed in terms of the dynamics of the binary, the standard approximation is equivalent to neglecting certain conservative post-Newtonian terms in the acceleration. In an earlier work, we had proposed a new complete adiabatic approximant constructed from the energy and flux functions. At the leading order it employs the 2PN energy function rather than the 0PN one in the standard approximation, so that, effectively the approximation corresponds to the dynamics where there are no missing post-Newtonian terms in the acceleration. In this paper, we compare the overlaps of the standard and complete adiabatic templates with the exact waveform in the adiabatic approximation of a test-mass motion in the Schwarzschild spacetime, for the VIRGO and the Advanced LIGO noise spectra. It is found that the complete adiabatic approximants lead to a remarkable improvement in the effectualness at lower PN (< 3PN) orders, while standard approximants of order >= 3PN provide a good lower-bound to the complete approximants for the construction of effectual templates. Faithfulness of complete approximants is better than that of standard approximants except for a few post-Newtonian orders. Standard and complete approximants beyond the adiabatic approximation are also studied using the Lagrangian templates of Buonanno, Chen and Vallisneri.

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May 25, 2005

0503124 (/preprints/gr-qc)
2005-05-25, 09:32 [edit]

[gr-qc/0505102] Using the INSPIRAL program to search for gravitational waves from low-mass binary inspiral

Authors: Duncan A Brown (for the LIGO Scientific Collaboration)

Date: Thu, 19 May 2005

Abstract: The INSPIRAL program is the LIGO Scientific Collaboration's computational engine for the search for gravitational waves from binary neutron stars and sub-solar mass black holes. We describe how this program, which makes use of the FINDCHIRP algorithm (discussed in a companion paper), is integrated into a sophisticated data analysis pipeline that was used in the search for low-mass binary inspirals in data taken during the second LIGO science run.

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May 23, 2005

0505102 (/preprints/gr-qc)
2005-05-23, 11:37 [edit]

[gr-qc/0505082] Improved Stack-Slide Searches for Gravitational-Wave Pulsars

Authors: Curt Cutler, Iraj Gholami, Badri Krishnan

Date: Tue, 17 May 2005

Abstract: We formulate and optimize a computational search strategy for detecting gravitational waves from isolated, previously-unknown neutron stars (that is, neutron stars with unknown sky positions, spin frequencies, and spin-down parameters). It is well known that fully coherent searches over the relevant parameter-space volumes are not computationally feasible, and so more computationally efficient methods are called for. The first step in this direction was taken by Brady & Creighton (2000), who proposed and optimized a two-stage, stack-slide search algorithm. We generalize and otherwise improve upon the Brady-Creighton scheme in several ways. Like Brady & Creighton, we consider a stack-slide scheme, but here with an arbitrary number of semi-coherent stages and with a coherent follow-up stage at the end. We find that searches with three semi-coherent stages are significantly more efficient than two-stage searches (requiring about 2-5 times less computational power for the same sensitivity) and are only slightly less efficient than searches with four or more stages. We calculate the signal-to-noise ratio required for detection, as a function of computing power and neutron star spin-down-age, using our optimized searches.

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May 18, 2005

0505082 (/preprints/gr-qc)
2005-05-18, 09:31 [edit]

[gr-qc/0505076] Searching for gravitational waves from known pulsars

Authors: Matthew Pitkin, for the LIGO Scientific Collaboration

Date: Mon, 16 May 2005

Abstract: We present upper limits on the amplitude of gravitational waves from 28 isolated pulsars using data from the second science run of LIGO. The results are also expressed as a constraint on the pulsars' equatorial ellipticities. We discuss a new way of presenting such ellipticity upper limits that takes account of the uncertainties of the pulsar moment of inertia. We also extend our previous method to search for known pulsars in binary systems, of which there are about 80 in the sensitive frequency range of LIGO and GEO 600.

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May 17, 2005

0505076 (/preprints/gr-qc)
2005-05-17, 12:23 [edit]

[gr-qc/0505075] Computing inspirals in Kerr in the adiabatic regime. I. The scalar case

Authors: Steve Drasco, Eanna E. Flanagan, Scott A. Hughes

Date: Mon, 16 May 2005

Abstract: A key source for LISA will be the inspiral of compact objects into supermassive black holes. Recently Mino has shown that in the adiabatic limit, gravitational waveforms for these sources can be computed using for the radiation reaction force the gradient of one half the difference between the retarded and advanced metric perturbations. Using post-Newtonian expansions, we argue that the resulting waveforms should be sufficiently accurate for signal detection with LISA. Data-analysis templates will require higher accuracy, going beyond adiabaticity; this remains a significant challenge. We describe an explicit computational procedure for obtaining waveforms based on Mino's result, for the case of a point particle coupled to a scalar field. We derive an expression for the time-averaged time derivative of the Carter constant, and verify that the expression correctly predicts that circular orbits remain circular while evolving via radiation reaction. The derivation uses detailed properties of mode expansions, Green's functions and bound geodesic orbits in the Kerr spacetime, which we review in detail. This paper is about three quarters review and one quarter new material. The intent is to give a complete and self-contained treatment of scalar radiation reaction in the Kerr spacetime, in a single unified notation, starting with the Kerr metric and ending with formulae for the time evolution of all three constants of the motion that are sufficiently explicit to be used immediately in a numerical code.

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May 17, 2005

0505075 (/preprints/gr-qc)
2005-05-17, 12:22 [edit]

[astro-ph/0504616] Using gravitational-wave standard sirens

Authors: Daniel E. Holz (UChicago and LANL), Scott A. Hughes (MIT)

Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2005

Abstract: Gravitational waves (GWs) from supermassive binary black hole (BBH) inspirals are potentially powerful standard sirens (the GW analog to standard candles) (Schutz 1986, 2002). Because these systems are well-modeled, the space-based GW observatory LISA will be able to measure the luminosity distance (but not the redshift) to some distant massive BBH systems with 1-10% accuracy. This accuracy is largely limited by pointing error: GW sources generally are poorly localized on the sky. Localizing the binary independently (e.g., through association with an electromagnetic counterpart) greatly reduces this positional error. An electromagnetic counterpart may also allow determination of the event's redshift. In this case, BBH coalescence would constitute an extremely precise (better than 1%) standard candle visible to high redshift. In practice, gravitational lensing degrades this precision, though the candle remains precise enough to provide useful information about the distance-redshift relation. Even if very rare, these GW standard sirens would complement, and increase confidence in, other standard candles.

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May 04, 2005

0504616 (/preprints/astro-ph)
2005-05-04, 00:14 [edit]

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