LIGO Document G0900547-v1

Searching for gravitational waves from known pulsars using LIGO S5 data

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Millisecond and young pulsars provide an enticing target for gravitational wave searches. Our most sensitive searches for these objects require precise knowledge of their phase evolution and therefore rely greatly on up-to-date electromagnetic observations. Here I review the current search for gravitational waves from about 100 pulsars using data from LIGO's fifth science run and discuss how these have been enabled by close collaboration with pulsar astronomers. I will also discuss plans for the upcoming S6 run.
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