Lessons learned in the gravitational-wave searches for compact binary coalescences
Sarah Caudill (Nikhef)
April 19, 2018
Abstract: The recent detections of gravitational waves from binary black hole mergers and a neutron star merger has ushered in the era of gravitational-wave and multi- messenger astronomy. Using sophisticated data analysis techniques, these chirp signals were extracted from LIGO and Virgo detector data and clearly distinguished from non-Gaussian noise transients. But these detections were not without their challenges. I will highlight the lessons learned in the first and second observing runs and how these are informing our search design for the upcoming third LIGO-Virgo observation run.