Gravitational-wave astronomy with inspiral signals of spinning compact-object binaries

M. V. Van Der Sluys, C. Röver, A. Stroeer, V. Raymond, I. Mandel, N. Christensen, V. Kalogera, R. Meyer, A. Vecchio

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Inspiral signals from binary compact objects (black holes and neutron stars) are primary targets of the ongoing searches by ground-based gravitational-wave interferometers (LIGO, Virgo, and GEO-600). We present parameterestimation simulations for inspirals of black hole-neutron star binaries using Markov Chain Monte Carlo methods. For the first time, we both estimated the parameters of a binary inspiral source with a spinning, precessing component and determined the accuracy of the parameter estimation, for simulated observations with groundbased gravitational-wave detectors. We demonstrate that we can obtain the distance, sky position, and binary orientation at a higher accuracy than previously suggested in the literature. For an observation of an inspiral with sufficient spin and two or three detectors we find an accuracy in the determination of the sky position of the order of tens of square degrees.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)L61-L64
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number2 PART 2
StatePublished - 2008


  • Binaries: Close
  • Gamma rays: Bursts
  • Gravitational waves
  • Relativity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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