LIGO Document G1300492-v5

The road to multimessenger astronomy with Advanced LIGO

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Compact binary mergers are among the most promising sources for advanced, ground-based, gravitational wave detectors. They are also compelling progenitors for short, hard gamma-ray bursts and multiwavelength afterglows. One of the most hotly anticipated outcomes of the Advanced LIGO era is joint observations of a compact binary coalescence event in gravitational waves and optical. Yet there are formidable challenges to overcome in both channels to make this feasible.

I will discuss ongoing work that I am involved in on several essential and adjacent steps along this path, from low-latency gravitational wave detection, to rapid and self-consistent Bayesian sky localization, to confronting optical transient hunting in multi-square-degree error regions.

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Version presented at Syracuse on July 2

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