Modeling the Galactic Neutron Star Population for Use in Continuous Gravitational-wave Searches

  title={Modeling the Galactic Neutron Star Population for Use in Continuous Gravitational-wave Searches},
  author={Brendan T. Reed and Alex Deibel and C. J. Horowitz},
  journal={The Astrophysical Journal},
Searches for continuous gravitational waves (GW) from unknown Galactic neutron stars provide limits on the shapes of neutron stars. A rotating neutron star will produce GW if asymmetric deformations exist in its structure that are characterized by the star’s ellipticity. In this study, we use a simple model of the spatial and spin distribution of Galactic neutron stars to estimate the total number of neutron stars probed, using GW, to a given upper limit on the ellipticity. This may help… 
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