Probing the neutron star equation of state with second-generation gravitational wave detectors

Mar 28, 2014, 3:40 PM


Michalis Agathos


Fisher matrix and related studies have suggested that with second-generation gravitational wave detectors, it may be possible to infer the equation of state of neutron stars using tidal effects in binary inspiral. Here we present the first fully Bayesian investigation of this problem. We simulate a realistic data analysis setting by performing a series of numerical experiments of binary neutron star signals hidden in detector noise, assuming the projected final design sensitivity of the Advanced LIGO- Virgo network. With an astrophysical distribution of events (in particular, uniform in co-moving volume), we find that only a few tens of detections will be required to arrive at strong constraints, even for some of the softest equations of state in the literature. Thus, direct gravitational wave detection will provide a unique probe of neutron star structure.

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Dr Chris Van Den Broeck (Nikhef) Dr Salvatore Vitale (MIT) Dr Tjonnie Li (Caltech) Dr Walter Del Pozzo (Unversity of Birmingham)

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