We report on an all-sky search with the LIGO detectors for periodic gravitational waves in the frequency range 50–1100 Hz and with the frequency’s time derivative in the range −5×10−9–0 Hz s−1. Data from the first eight months of the fifth LIGO science run (S5) have been used in this search, which is based on a semicoherent method (PowerFlux) of summing strain power. Observing no evidence of periodic gravitational radiation, we report 95% confidence-level upper limits on radiation emitted by any unknown isolated rotating neutron stars within the search range. Strain limits below 10−24 are obtained over a 200-Hz band, and the sensitivity improvement over previous searches increases the spatial volume sampled by an average factor of about 100 over the entire search band. For a neutron star with nominal equatorial ellipticity of 10−6, the search is sensitive to distances as great as 500 pc.
Benacquista, Matthew; Creighton, Teviet; Diaz, Mario C.; Grosso, R.; Hayama, K.; Mohanty, Soumya; Mukherjee, Soma; Rakhmanov, M.; and Romano, Joseph D., "All-Sky LIGO Search for Periodic GravitationalWaves in the Early Fifth-Science-Run Data" (2009). Physics and Astronomy Faculty Publications and Presentations. 319.
Physical Review Letters