Physics and Astronomy
Physical Review D
American Institute of Physics
gravitational waves, compact binary inspirals, coherent parameter estimation
Presented in this paper is the description of a Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) routine for conducting coherent parameter estimation for interferometric gravitational wave observations of an inspiral of binary compact objects using multiple detectors. Data from several interferometers are processed, and all nine parameters (ignoring spin) associated with the binary system are inferred, including the distance to the source, the masses, and the location on the sky. The data is matched with time-domain inspiral templates that are 2.5 post-Newtonian (PN) in phase and 2.0 PN in amplitude. We designed and tuned an MCMC sampler so that it is able to efficiently find the posterior mode(s) in the parameter space and perform the stochastic integration necessary for inference within a Bayesian framework. Our routine could be implemented as part of an inspiral detection pipeline for a world wide network of detectors. Examples are given for simulated signals and data as seen by the LIGO and Virgo detectors operating at their design sensitivity.
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R¨over, Christian, Renate Meyer, and Nelson Christensen., "Coherent Bayesian Inference on Compact Binary Inspirals Using a Network of Interferometric Gravitational Wave Detectors". Physical Review D, vol. 75, no. 6, 2007. [Online]. Accessed via Faculty Work. Physics and Astronomy. Carleton Digital Commons. Available: https://digitalcommons.carleton.edu/phys_faculty/3.