Carleton Author

Christensen, Nelson

Department

Physics and Astronomy

Journal Title

Astrophysical Journal Letters

Publication Date

2008

Volume

683

Issue

1

First Page

L45

Publisher

American Astronomical Society

Last Page

L49

File Name

087_Christensen-Nelson_BeatingTheSpinDownLimitOnGravitationWaveEmission.pdf

Keywords

gravitational waves, pulsars: individual (Crab pulsar)

Abstract

We present direct upper limits on gravitational wave emission from the Crab pulsar using data from the first nine months of the fifth science run of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO). These limits are based on two searches. In the first we assume that the gravitational wave emission follows the observed radio timing, giving an upper limit on gravitational wave emission that beats indirect limits inferred from the spin-down and braking index of the pulsar and the energetics of the nebula. In the second we allow for a small mismatch between the gravitational and radio signal frequencies and interpret our results in the context of two possible gravitational wave emission mechanisms

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Green

Preprint Archiving

Yes

Postprint Archiving

Yes

Publisher PDF Archiving

Yes

Contributing Organization

Carleton College

Type

Article

Format

application/pdf

Language

English

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