Scientific Benefit of Enlarging Gravitational Wave Detector Networks

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Abstract

Localising the sources of gravitational waves (GWs) in the sky is crucial to observing the electromagnetic counterparts of GW sources. The localisation capability is poor by a single GW detector yet can be improved by adding more detectors to the detector network. In this paper we review recent studies on scientific benefits of global detector networks and focus on their localisation capability. We employ Wen-Chen's formula to compare this merit of current and future detector networks for localising gravitational wave bursts. We find that the addition of a new detector located in Japan, or India, or Australia will increase angular resolution fold with respect to current LIGO-Virgo network, and that the angular resolution improvement by adding a single detector in Australia is comparable to that achieved by adding detectors in both India and Japan. A six-site network achieves a 11-fold improvement in angular resolution compared with the existing three-site network.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication9TH EDOARDO AMALDI CONFERENCE ON GRAVITATIONAL WAVES (AMALDI 9) AND THE 2011 NUMERICAL RELATIVITY - DATA ANALYSIS MEETING (NRDA 2011)
EditorsM Hannam, P Sutton, S Hild, C VanDenBroeck
PublisherIOP Publishing
Number of pages8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Event9th Edoardo Amaldi Conference on Gravitational Waves (Amaldi)/Meeting on Numerical Relativity - Data Analysis (NRDA) - Cardiff
Duration: 10 Jul 201115 Jul 2011

Publication series

NameJournal of Physics Conference Series
PublisherIOP PUBLISHING LTD
Volume363
ISSN (Print)1742-6588

Conference

Conference9th Edoardo Amaldi Conference on Gravitational Waves (Amaldi)/Meeting on Numerical Relativity - Data Analysis (NRDA)
CityCardiff
Period10/07/1115/07/11

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Chu, Q., Wen, L., & Blair, D. (2012). Scientific Benefit of Enlarging Gravitational Wave Detector Networks. In M. Hannam, P. Sutton, S. Hild, & C. VanDenBroeck (Eds.), 9TH EDOARDO AMALDI CONFERENCE ON GRAVITATIONAL WAVES (AMALDI 9) AND THE 2011 NUMERICAL RELATIVITY - DATA ANALYSIS MEETING (NRDA 2011) [012023] (Journal of Physics Conference Series; Vol. 363). IOP Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1088/1742-6596/363/1/012023