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LIGO Seminar

Thursday, February 2, 2023
11:00am to 12:00pm
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Title: "Towards improving the sensitivity of GW burst searches on repeating sources" with Kara Merfeld

Abstract: Magnetars are neutron stars with exceptionally strong magnetic fields, on the order of 10^14-10^15 G. They are known to exhibit intermittent x-ray flaring activity, the internal driving mechanism of which is unknown. They are also theorized to be the source of at least some Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs). In this talk I present the gravitational-wave follow-up search of the magnetar x-ray flares in the third observing run of LIGO/Virgo, and a similar gravitational-wave follow-up search over FRBs in O3a. I also discuss the development of a 'stacked' search over repeating sources for implementation in O4, as well as presenting two of the detchar and commissioning projects that I worked on as a LSC Fellow in 2018-2019.

For more information, please contact Ryan Magee by email at [email protected].