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Title: Swift follow-up of the gravitational wave source GW150914
Authors: Evans, Philip A.
Kennea, J. A.
Barthelmy, S. D.
Beardmore, A. P.
Burrows, D. N.
Campana, S.
Cenko, S. B.
Gehrels, N.
Giommi, P.
Gronwall, C.
Marshall, F. E.
Malesani, D.
Markwardt, C. B.
Mingo, B.
Nousek, J. A.
O'Brien, P. T.
Osborne, J. P.
Pagani, C.
Page, K. L.
Palmer, D. M.
Perri, M.
Racusin, J. L.
Siegel, M. H.
Sbarufatti, B.
Tagliaferri, G.
First Published: 6-Apr-2016
Publisher: Oxford University Press (OUP)
Citation: Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: Letters, 2016, 460 (1), pp. L40-L44
Abstract: The Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (ALIGO) observatory recently reported the first direct detection of gravitational waves (GW) which triggered ALIGO on 2015 September 14. We report on observations taken with the Swift satellite two days after the trigger. No new X-ray, optical, UV or hard X-ray sources were detected in our observations, which were focused on nearby galaxies in the GW error region and covered 4.7 deg² (∼2 per cent of the probability in the rapidly available GW error region; 0.3 per cent of the probability from the final GW error region, which was produced several months after the trigger). We describe the rapid Swift response and automated analysis of the X-ray telescope and UV/Optical telescope data, and note the importance to electromagnetic follow-up of early notification of the progenitor details inferred from GW analysis.
DOI Link: 10.1093/mnrasl/slw065
ISSN: 1745-3933
Links: http://mnrasl.oxfordjournals.org/content/460/1/L40
http://hdl.handle.net/2381/37552
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: This article has been accepted for publication in MNRAS: Letters. Copyright © 2016 The Authors. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society. All rights reserved.
Description: Deposited with reference to the publisher’s open access archiving policy.
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