Observational constraints on multimessenger sources of gravitational waves and high-energy neutrinos

Imre Bartos, Chad Finley, Alessandra Corsi, Szabolcs Márka

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Abstract

Many astronomical sources of intense bursts of photons are also predicted to be strong emitters of gravitational waves (GWs) and high-energy neutrinos (HENs). Moreover some suspected classes, e.g., choked gamma-ray bursts, may only be identifiable via nonphoton messengers. Here we explore the reach of current and planned experiments to address this question. We derive constraints on the rate of GW and HEN bursts based on independent observations by the initial LIGO and Virgo GW detectors and the partially completed IceCube (40-string) HEN detector. We then estimate the reach of joint GW+HEN searches using advanced GW detectors and the completed km3 IceCube detector to probe the joint parameter space. We show that searches undertaken by advanced detectors will be capable of detecting, constraining, or excluding, several existing models with 1 yr of observation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number251101
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume107
Issue number25
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 14 2011

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