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Implementation And Testing Of The First Prompt Search For Gravitational Wave Transients With Electromagnetic Counterparts, J. Abadie, Marco Cavaglia, For Full List Of Authors, See Publisher's Website. Mar 2012

Implementation And Testing Of The First Prompt Search For Gravitational Wave Transients With Electromagnetic Counterparts, J. Abadie, Marco Cavaglia, For Full List Of Authors, See Publisher's Website.

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Aims. A transient astrophysical event observed in both gravitational wave (GW) and electromagnetic (EM) channels would yield rich scientific rewards. A first program initiating EM follow-ups to possible transient GW events has been developed and exercised by the LIGO and Virgo community in association with several partners. In this paper, we describe and evaluate the methods used to promptly identify and localize GW event candidates and to request images of targeted sky locations.

Methods. During two observing periods (Dec. 17, 2009 to Jan. 8, 2010 and Sep. 2 to Oct. 20, 2010), a low-latency analysis pipeline was used to identify ...