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David McKenzie

Start date

Jan 2013

Submission date

Dec 2014

David McKenzie

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Using the SPIIR method for detection of gravitational waves from spinning neutron star binaries.


Binary coalescences are thought to be one of the most common sources of gravitational waves. The summed parallel infinite impulse response (SPIIR) method is a low-latency method designed for filtering through data from laser interferometers. If the neutron stars are spinning, this will alter the efficiency of the method; the extent of this effect is measured and some general performance analysis of the SPIIR method is done.

Why my research is important

Speedy detection of gravitational waves will hopefully allow prompt electromagnetic follow-up. Aside from the goal of detecting GWs (as yet only indirectly confirmed!), the ability to observe high mass/energy astronomical events may reveal exciting new physics! Low latency detection of GWs is important for allowing traditional observation of such events in a very large universe.


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