Tuesday, September 20, 2016
1:00 pm
West Bridge 351 (LIGO Science Conference Room) – Norman Bridge Laboratory of Physics, West

LIGO Seminar

Maximizing the sensitivity of LIGO and the electromagnetic followup of its events
Michael Coughlin, Physics, Harvard University

Optimizing the science of astronomical observatories such as gravitational-wave detectors and large telescopes maximizes their potential science output. In this talk, I present the results from analyses related to this endeavor. The first analysis relates to noise sources that will limit gravitational-wave detectors in the near future, which include Newtonian noise and global magnetic noise from the Schumann resonances. For both of these cases, I show prospects for the optimal subtraction of these noise sources using arrays of seismometers and magnetometers respectively. I further discuss the first results from Pan-STARRS and ATLAS followup of GW150914 and GW151226, a wide-field survey likely to detect electromagnetic counterparts to gravitational-wave events, and planned improvements for O2.

We plan to broadcast these talks using TeamSpeak. Use a sub-channel of
LIGO Lab called "LIGO Seminar", which is not password protected.
NOTE: These and all other scheduled LIGO seminars are listed on the LIGO
Laboratory seminar calendar for convenient reference.


Contact Sydney Meshkov syd@ligo.caltech.edu
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