Swift pointing and gravitational-wave bursts from gamma-ray burst events

Patrick J. Sutton, Lee Samuel Finn, Badri Krishnan

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Abstract

The currently accepted model for gamma-ray burst phenomena involves the violent formation of a rapidly rotating solar-mass black hole. Gravitational waves should be associated with the black-hole formation, and their detection would permit this model to be tested. Even upper limits on the gravitational-wave strength associated with gamma-ray bursts could constrain the gamma-ray burst model. This requires joint observations of gamma-ray burst events with gravitational and gamma-ray detectors. Here we examine how the quality of an upper limit on the gravitational-wave strength associated with gamma-ray bursts depends on the relative orientation of the gamma-ray-burst and gravitational-wave detectors, and apply our results to the particular case of the Swift Burst-Alert Telescope (BAT) and the LIGO gravitational-wave detectors. A result of this investigation is a science-based 'figure of merit' that can be used, together with other mission constraints, to optimize the pointing of the Swift telescope for the detection of gravitational waves associated with gamma-ray bursts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S815-S820
JournalClassical and Quantum Gravity
Volume20
Issue number17
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 7 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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