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Volume 269 - Frontier Research in Astrophysics – II (FRAPWS2016) - Gravitational Waves
AGILE hunts gravitational waves counterparts
C. Pittori* on behalf of the AGILE Collaboration, M. Tavani
*corresponding author
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Pre-published on: 2017 August 09
Published on: 2017 November 15
After the breakthrough discovery of gravitational waves by the LIGO-Virgo collaboration in 2015, the quest for electromagnetic counterparts to extreme gravitational events is now open. We report the results of an extensive search through AGILE data for a high-energy counterpart to the first gravitational wave event ever detected: GW150914. The Italian Space Agency satellite AGILE devoted to gamma-ray astrophysics is operating nominally since its launch on April 23, 2007, and it is continuosly monitoring the sky in a spinning observation mode. With the potential of covering ∼80% of the entire sky with its gamma-ray instrument more than 100 times a day, AGILE is currently at the forefront in the hunt for electromagnetic counterparts of gravitational waves. Even though a gamma-ray counterpart of the GW150914 event was not detected, the prospects for future AGILE observations of GW sources are shown to be very promising
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