An increased estimate of the merger rate of double neutron stars from observations of a highly relativistic system

@article{Burgay2003AnIE,
  title={An increased estimate of the merger rate of double neutron stars from observations of a highly relativistic system},
  author={Marta Burgay and Nicolo' D'Amico and Andrea Possenti and Richard N. Manchester and Andrew G. Lyne and Bhuwan Joshi and Maura Mclaughlin and Michael Kramer and John M. Sarkissian and Fernando Camilo and Vicky Kalogera and C. Kim and Duncan R. Lorimer},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2003},
  volume={426},
  pages={531-533}
}
The merger of close binary systems containing two neutron stars should produce a burst of gravitational waves, as predicted by the theory of general relativity. A reliable estimate of the double-neutron-star merger rate in the Galaxy is crucial in order to predict whether current gravity wave detectors will be successful in detecting such bursts. Present estimates of this rate are rather low, because we know of only a few double-neutron-star binaries with merger times less than the age of the… 

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