Implications for the origin of GRB 051103 from LIGO observations
Chua, Sheon; Inta, Ra; McClelland, David; Mow-Lowry, C; Mullavey, Adam; Scott, Susan M; Shaddock, Daniel; Slagmolen, Bram; Stefszky, Michael; Abadie, J; Abbott, B; Abbott, Robert; Anderson, S B; Araya, M; Blackburn, James Kent; Etzel, T; Ivanov, A; Kozak, D; Meshkov, S; Heefner, J; Hosken, Dave; Hough, J; Howell, E
We present the results of a LIGO search for gravitational waves (GWs) associated with GRB 051103, a short-duration hard-spectrum gamma-ray burst (GRB) whose electromagnetically determined sky position is coincident with the spiral galaxy M81, which is 3.6Mpc from Earth. Possible progenitors for short-hard GRBs include compact object mergers and soft gamma repeater (SGR) giant flares. A merger progenitor would produce a characteristic GW signal that should be detectable at a distance of M81,...[Show more]
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