LIGO Document G090019-v1

Wide field optical follow-up observations to gravitational wave triggers

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A detectable burst-like, gravitational wave (GW) event would likely originate with a close, highly energetic astrophysical process. Such an event could also emit noticeably in electro-magnetic (EM) radiation. Here we concentrate on the optical spectrum. It is possible to search for dual GW/optical events with enhanced GW sensitivity by systematically seeking transient optical counterparts to candidate GW triggers. This poster discusses some practical aspects of optical follow-up observations to GW triggers. We emphasize possibilities for future science runs of the LIGO/Virgo network in conjunction with optical instruments that see a few square degrees in each field of view.
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GWDAW 13 held from 19 Jan 2009 to 22 Jan 2009 in San Juan, Puerto Rico

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