Review Article

General Relativity and Gravitation

, Volume 43, Issue 2, pp 387-407

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Current status of gravitational wave observations

  • Stephen FairhurstAffiliated withDepartment of Physics and Astronomy, Cardiff University Email author 
  • , Gianluca M. GuidiAffiliated withDipartimento di Matematica, Fisica e Informatica, Università di Urbino, INFN Firenze
  • , Patrice HelloAffiliated withLAL, Universite Paris-Sud, IN2P3/CNRS
  • , John T. WhelanAffiliated withCenter for Computational Relativity and Gravitation and School of Mathematical Sciences, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • , Graham WoanAffiliated withDepartment of Physics and Astronomy, University of Glasgow

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The first generation of gravitational wave interferometric detectors have taken data at, or close to, their design sensitivity. This data has been searched for a broad range of gravitational wave signatures. An overview of gravitational wave search methods and results are presented. Searches for gravitational waves from unmodelled burst sources, compact binary coalescences, continuous wave sources and stochastic backgrounds are discussed.


Gravitational waves