THE INTERPLANETARY NETWORK RESPONSE to LIGO GW150914

K. Hurley, D. S. Svinkin, R. L. Aptekar, S. V. Golenetskii, D. D. Frederiks, W. Boynton, I. G. Mitrofanov, D. V. Golovin, A. S. Kozyrev, M. L. Litvak, A. B. Sanin, A. Rau, A. Von Kienlin, X. Zhang, V. Connaughton, C. Meegan, T. Cline, N. Gehrels

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Abstract

We have performed a blind search for a gamma-ray transient of arbitrary duration and energy spectrum around the time of the LIGO gravitational-wave event GW150914 with the six-spacecraft interplanetary network (IPN). Four gamma-ray bursts were detected between 30 hr prior to the event and 6.1 hr after it, but none could convincingly be associated with GW150914. No other transients were detected down to limiting 15-150 keV fluences of roughly 5 ×10-8-5 ×10-7 erg cm-2. We discuss the search strategies and temporal coverage of the IPN on the day of the event and compare the spatial coverage to the region where GW150914 originated. We also report the negative result of a targeted search for the Fermi-GBM event reported in conjunction with GW150914.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberL12
JournalAstrophysical Journal Letters
Volume829
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 20 2016

Keywords

  • gamma-ray burst: general
  • gravitational waves

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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    Hurley, K., Svinkin, D. S., Aptekar, R. L., Golenetskii, S. V., Frederiks, D. D., Boynton, W., Mitrofanov, I. G., Golovin, D. V., Kozyrev, A. S., Litvak, M. L., Sanin, A. B., Rau, A., Kienlin, A. V., Zhang, X., Connaughton, V., Meegan, C., Cline, T., & Gehrels, N. (2016). THE INTERPLANETARY NETWORK RESPONSE to LIGO GW150914. Astrophysical Journal Letters, 829(1), [L12]. https://doi.org/10.3847/2041-8205/829/1/L12