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Activity Number: 363 - Astrostatistics: Telling the Story of Our Galaxy and Beyond
Type: Invited
Date/Time: Thursday, August 12, 2021 : 12:00 PM to 1:50 PM
Sponsor: SSC (Statistical Society of Canada)
Abstract #316638
Title: Challenges for the Burgeoning Field of Gravitational Wave Astronomy
Author(s): Jess McIver*
Companies: The University of British Columbia
Keywords: gravitational waves; LIGO-Virgo-KAGRA; astrostatistics ; time series analysis

In five short years, the field of gravitational wave astronomy has grown from a first detection to observing dozens of events. As gravitational wave detectors improve, they will reveal the true population of distant merging stellar remnants, with broad implications for cosmology, tests of general relativity, and highly dense matter. I will discuss current challenges for extracting a growing number of signals from ground-based gravitational wave detector data, the developing base of statistical methods used to better distinguish true signals from non-stationary LIGO detector noise, and prospects to further extend the observational reach of the global detector network.

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