Search for continuous gravitational waves: improving robustness versus instrumental artifacts

  title={Search for continuous gravitational waves: improving robustness versus instrumental artifacts},
  author={David Keitel and Reinhard Prix and Maria Alessandra Papa and Paola Leaci and M.I. Siddiqi},
  journal={Physical Review D},
The standard multidetector F-statistic for continuous gravitational waves is susceptible to false alarms from instrumental artifacts, for example monochromatic sinusoidal disturbances (“lines”). This vulnerability to line artifacts arises because the F-statistic compares the signal hypothesis to a Gaussian-noise hypothesis, and hence is triggered by anything that resembles the signal hypothesis more than Gaussian noise. Various ad-hoc veto methods to deal with such line artifacts have been… 

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