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Shaun Hooper

Phone: (+61 8) 6488 1117


Start date

Jan 2009

Submission date

Jun 2012

Shaun Hooper


Real time methods of detecting chirp signals to accelerate data analysis for gravitational waves detection


The coalescence of compact binaries objects is widely thought to be the progenitor of short hard gamma-ray bursts. A rapidly fading prompt optical emission is expected to be related to the burst. Low-latency event triggers to signify the presence of gravitational waves from coalescing binaries will be required to make prompt electromagnetic follow-up observations of their electromagnetic counterparts before they fade away.

Why my research is important

I am working on a new time-domain low-latency detection algorithm based on infinite impulse response (IIR) filters that avoids the latency of traditional frequency domain search methods. Once implemented, the IIR filters will provide the ability to analyse live, streaming data from the detectors when they go online. The ultimate goal of this work will enable real-time low-latency electromagnetic follow-up of gravitational wave events.


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