A new exciting frontier of observational astronomy will soon start to be explored: the current upgrade of gravitational wave ground-based detectors, LIGO and Virgo, should make possible to observe gravitational wave signals for the first time. Expected sources of gravitational waves include the most energetic astrophysical events such as the merger of neutron stars and/or black holes and the core collapse of massive stars. These events are believed to produce electromagnetic transients, like gamma-ray bursts and supernovae. The simultaneous use of electromagnetic facilities and gravitational-wave detectors will give the unique opportunity to catch the electromagnetic signatures of gravitational wave sources and to observe the same source with different messengers (GW and photons). The paper outlines the challenges, opportunities and strategies to develop and carry on multi-messenger searches.

Observational Prospects in the Electromagnetic Domain of Gravitational Wave Sources

Marica Branchesi
2014

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A new exciting frontier of observational astronomy will soon start to be explored: the current upgrade of gravitational wave ground-based detectors, LIGO and Virgo, should make possible to observe gravitational wave signals for the first time. Expected sources of gravitational waves include the most energetic astrophysical events such as the merger of neutron stars and/or black holes and the core collapse of massive stars. These events are believed to produce electromagnetic transients, like gamma-ray bursts and supernovae. The simultaneous use of electromagnetic facilities and gravitational-wave detectors will give the unique opportunity to catch the electromagnetic signatures of gravitational wave sources and to observe the same source with different messengers (GW and photons). The paper outlines the challenges, opportunities and strategies to develop and carry on multi-messenger searches.
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