IVth School of Astroparticle Physics
May 27th - June 1st, 2013
OHP, Saint Michel l'Observatoire

Gravitational Waves

Search of radio transient counterparts for gravitational waves with LOFAR

Philippe ZARKA
Laboratoire d'Etudes Spatiales et d'Instrumentation en Astrophysique (LESIA)


The low-frequency radio range, due to the absence of photon noise and the correlation between radio emissions and energetic phenomena, is well adapted tio the search for transient signals. Some of them may be related to sources of gravitational waves. I will briefly review observation methods in the radio range, and their application to the first new generation low-frequency radiotelescope: LOFAR (the LOw Frequency ARray). I will present this instrument, revolutionnary by many aspects, its operations and the policy permitting access to its data (proposals, key projets, standalone observations, etc.).

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