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Event trigger generator for resonant spherical detectors of gravitational waves

Published inClassical and Quantum Gravity, vol. 25, no. 184036, 10
Publication date2008

We have set up and tested a pipeline for processing the data from a spherical gravitational wave detector with six transducers. The algorithm exploits the multichannel capability of the system and provides a list of candidate events with their arrival direction. The analysis starts with the conversion of the six detector outputs into the scalar and the five quadrupolar modes of the sphere, which are proportional to the corresponding gravitational wave spherical components. Event triggers are then generated by an adaptation of the WaveBurst algorithm. Event validation and direction reconstruction are made by cross-checking two methods of different inspiration: geometrical (lowest eigenvalue) and probabilistic (maximum likelihood). The combination of the two methods is able to keep substantially unaltered the efficiency and can reduce drastically the detections of fake events (to less than ten per cent). We show a quantitative test of these ideas by simulating the operation of the resonant spherical detector miniGRAIL, whose planned sensitivity in its frequency band (few hundred Hertz's around 3kHz) is comparable with the present LIGO one.

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FOFFA, Stefano, STURANI, Riccardo. Event trigger generator for resonant spherical detectors of gravitational waves. In: Classical and Quantum Gravity, 2008, vol. 25, n° 184036, p. 10. doi: 10.1088/0264-9381/25/18/184036
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