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Thu Jun 26, 2014

Catching a gravitational wave

Gravitational waves are incredibly feeble, and it doesn't help when the source of the waves is also moving about in the sky, for example in a binary orbit around a companion. That's the case for Scorpius X-1, thought to be the best candidate for persistent gravitational waves among the class of accreting neutron stars. Measurements to improve the precision of the orbital parameters can help in turn to improve the sensitivity of future gravitational wave searches. A Monash media story accompanying our recent paper reporting such measurements for Sco X-1 was also reported in ifl science and phys.org

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