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Title: Optimizing searches for electromagnetic counterparts of gravitational wave triggers

Abstract

With the detection of a binary neutron star system and its corresponding electromagnetic counterparts, a new window of transient astronomy has opened. Due to the size of the sky localization regions, which can span hundreds to thousands of square degrees, there are significant benefits to optimizing tilings for these large sky areas. The rich science promised by gravitational wave astronomy has led to the proposal for a variety of proposed tiling and time allocation schemes, and for the first time, we make a systematic comparison of some of these methods. We find that differences of a factor of 2 or more in efficiency are possible, depending on the algorithm employed. For this reason, with future surveys searching for electromagnetic counterparts, care should be taken when selecting tiling, time allocation, and scheduling algorithms to optimize counterpart detection.

Authors:
ORCiD logo [1];  [2];  [3];  [4];  [5];  [4];  [6];  [7];  [4];  [8];  [9];  [10]
  1. California Inst. of Technology (CalTech), Pasadena, CA (United States)
  2. Carleton College, Northfield, MN (United States)
  3. Univ. of Glasgow, Scotland (United Kingdom)
  4. Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison, WI (United States)
  5. Carleton College, Northfield, MN (United States); Univ. Cote d’Azur, Nice (France)
  6. Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN), Firenze (Italy); Univ. a degli Studi di Urbino (Italy)
  7. Sun Yat-Sen Univ., Guangzhou, (China)
  8. Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), Pune (India)
  9. Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF), Merate (Italy)
  10. Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC)
OSTI Identifier:
1540617
Grant/Contract Number:  
SC0007881
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 478; Journal Issue: 1; Journal ID: ISSN 0035-8711
Publisher:
Royal Astronomical Society
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
79 ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS; Astronomy & Astrophysics

Citation Formats

Coughlin, Michael W., Tao, Duo, Chan, Man Leong, Chatterjee, Deep, Christensen, Nelson, Ghosh, Shaon, Greco, Giuseppe, Hu, Yiming, Kapadia, Shasvath, Rana, Javed, Salafia, Om Sharan, and Stubbs, Christopher W. Optimizing searches for electromagnetic counterparts of gravitational wave triggers. United States: N. p., 2018. Web. doi:10.1093/mnras/sty1066.
Coughlin, Michael W., Tao, Duo, Chan, Man Leong, Chatterjee, Deep, Christensen, Nelson, Ghosh, Shaon, Greco, Giuseppe, Hu, Yiming, Kapadia, Shasvath, Rana, Javed, Salafia, Om Sharan, & Stubbs, Christopher W. Optimizing searches for electromagnetic counterparts of gravitational wave triggers. United States. doi:10.1093/mnras/sty1066.
Coughlin, Michael W., Tao, Duo, Chan, Man Leong, Chatterjee, Deep, Christensen, Nelson, Ghosh, Shaon, Greco, Giuseppe, Hu, Yiming, Kapadia, Shasvath, Rana, Javed, Salafia, Om Sharan, and Stubbs, Christopher W. Thu . "Optimizing searches for electromagnetic counterparts of gravitational wave triggers". United States. doi:10.1093/mnras/sty1066. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1540617.
@article{osti_1540617,
title = {Optimizing searches for electromagnetic counterparts of gravitational wave triggers},
author = {Coughlin, Michael W. and Tao, Duo and Chan, Man Leong and Chatterjee, Deep and Christensen, Nelson and Ghosh, Shaon and Greco, Giuseppe and Hu, Yiming and Kapadia, Shasvath and Rana, Javed and Salafia, Om Sharan and Stubbs, Christopher W.},
abstractNote = {With the detection of a binary neutron star system and its corresponding electromagnetic counterparts, a new window of transient astronomy has opened. Due to the size of the sky localization regions, which can span hundreds to thousands of square degrees, there are significant benefits to optimizing tilings for these large sky areas. The rich science promised by gravitational wave astronomy has led to the proposal for a variety of proposed tiling and time allocation schemes, and for the first time, we make a systematic comparison of some of these methods. We find that differences of a factor of 2 or more in efficiency are possible, depending on the algorithm employed. For this reason, with future surveys searching for electromagnetic counterparts, care should be taken when selecting tiling, time allocation, and scheduling algorithms to optimize counterpart detection.},
doi = {10.1093/mnras/sty1066},
journal = {Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society},
number = 1,
volume = 478,
place = {United States},
year = {2018},
month = {4}
}

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