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Looking for the electromagnetic counterparts of gravitational wave sources

by Dott.ssa Giulia Stratta (Universita' di Urbino)

Oct 15, 2014 from 03:00 PM to 04:30 PM

Where Sala riunioni IASF-Bo (II piano), via Gobetti 101

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Abstract:

The Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave (GW) Observatories LIGO and Virgo will start high sensitivity searches of gravitational waves from 2015, extending the detectable Universe up to three order of magnitude with respect to past searches. The observation of GW combined with astronomical observations in the electromagnetic (EM) spectrum can provide a wealth of unique information. Starting from the identification the GW source in the sky and its likely host galaxy through EM follow-up, GW data will provide new constraints to source models not achievable from EM observational window alone. Follow-up campaigns of the EM counterpart of GW source candidates have been performed in the past and new campaigns are in preparation for the next science runs of the “advanced” LIGO and Virgo. In this talk I will report the present status of these activities and future perspectives.

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