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Gamma-ray Space Telescope

Fermi GBM Counterparts to LIGO/Virgo Gravitational-VVave Candidates

Valerie Connaughton

Universities Space Research Association Huntsville, AL

for the GBM team and the GBM-LIGO/Virgo electromagnetic follow-up group: Lindy Blackburn, Michael S. Briggs, Eric Burns, Jordan Camp, Nelson Christensen, Valerie Connaughton, Tito del Canto, Adam Goldstein, Peter Jenke, Tyson Littenberg, Judith Racusin, Peter Shawhan, Leo Singer, Colleen Wilson-Hodge, Binbin Zhang

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Mergers of binary neutron star systems produce both short Gamma-Ray Bursts

(GRBs) and gravitational radiation.

Gamma ray radiation is seen in a jet as a short GRB detected by GBM if the jet is pointed at us. GBM can see very far.

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can’t see very far (70 Mpc in ~~ - ~ Ol, ~200 Mpc at design).

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Joint GBM LIGO/Virgo events happen when the jet is pointed towards us and the merger happens nearby i.e., quite rarely ~|-- handful joint detections per year (model- dependent). It is very important to maximize the probability of joint GBM LIGO/Virgo detections and enable supporting observations that will provide the distance scale and energetics of the explosion.

Owing to all-sky coverage, Fermi GBM detects and localizes more short GRBs than other GRB detectors.

Fermi GBM short GRBs as of 151030 GBM: 40 short GRBs per year,

90 coarse localization (tens square degrees)

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Weak short GRBs are not necessarily more distant than bright short GRBs and may lie within the detection horizon of LIGO/Virgo.

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> GBM and Swift detect the same population of short GRBs (Burns et al. in press)

» Extrapolating from sGRBs with known redshift gives <0.5 - 5 per year sGRB for GBM within LIGC Virgo horizon (nearby z uncertain).

» This number is doubled with unseeded search for GRBs that do not trigger on-board.

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Even a large banana and a large orange can help: using joint GBM-LIGO/Virgo detections and GBM non-detection to guide follow-up observers

Typical GBM GRB localization region Typical LIGO localization region from for weak GRB http://www.ligo.org/scientists/first2years/: changes in 2016 with addition of Virgo

18 +/- 5 nearby galaxies (N. Gehrels et al. 2015, arXiv:1508.03608)

Typical reduction of 80% in sky region:

4 nearby galaxies: easier to follow up with XRI or optical telescopes.

» Using the non-detection of a GRB (triggered or untriggered) by GBM or Swift: limiting the sky region to that not viewed by either instrument reduces LIGO sky region by about 50%, assuming on-axis GVV candidate with sGRB above detection threshold.

» Taken from E. Burns at Swift meeting (and in prep)

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GBM can contribute in many ways to the breakthrough observations of gravitational wave radiation

» A detection by GBM of a short GRB in coincidence with LIGO/Virgo strengthens the significance of the GW detection

» Sub-threshold searches of GBM data for short GRBs may yield twice as many short GRBs within the LIGO/Virgo horizon

Searches for LIGO/Virgo sub-threshold searches in the GBM data can find candidates that would otherwise go undetected, increasing LIGO sensitivity by 15-20% (Blackburn

et al. 2015)

> Observing GBM localization regions of |Os sq degs has been successful (S. Kulkarni’s talk on ZIF)!

> GBM localization regions can greatly reduce (by 80%) the region of sky to be observed at lower energies

The non-detection of GBM short GRBs can similarly limit the follow-up region for on- axis merger afterglows.

Next Huntsville GRB workshop: 24 - 28 October 2016, in Huntsville AL. Organizers: VC, Neil Gehrels, Adam Goldstein. Details soon!

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