Physics and astrophysics with gravitational waves from compact binary coalescence in ground based interferometers

Grover, Katherine L (2015). Physics and astrophysics with gravitational waves from compact binary coalescence in ground based interferometers. University of Birmingham. Ph.D.

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Advanced ground based laser interferometer gravitational wave detectors are due to come online in late 2015 and are expected to make the first direct detections of gravitational waves, with compact binary coalescence widely regarded as one of the most promising sources for detection.
In Chapter I I compare two techniques for predicting the uncertainty of sky localization of these sources with full Bayesian inference. I find that timing triangulation alone tends to over-estimate the uncertainty and that average predictions can be brought to better agreement by the inclusion of phase consistency information in timing-triangulation techniques.
Gravitational wave signals will provide a testing ground for the strong field dynamics of GR. Bayesian data analysis pipelines are being developed to test GR in this new regime, as presented in Chapter 3 Appendix B. In Chapter II and Appendix C I compare the predicted from of the Bayes factor, presented by Cornish et al. and Vallisneri, with full Bayesian inference. I find that the approximate scheme predicts exact results with good accuracy above fitting factors of ~ 0.9.
The expected rate of detection of Compact Binary Coalescence signals has large associated uncertainties due to unknown merger rates. The tool presented in Chapter III provides a way to estimate the expected rate of specified CBC systems in a selected detector.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Ph.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Ph.D.
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Engineering & Physical Sciences
School or Department: School of Physics and Astronomy
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
Q Science > QC Physics


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