The needle in the 100 deg2 haystack: The hunt for binary neutron star mergers with LIGO and Palomar Transient Factory

  title={The needle in the 100 deg2 haystack: The hunt for binary neutron star mergers with LIGO and Palomar Transient Factory},
  author={Leo P. Singer},
  journal={arXiv: General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology},
  • L. Singer
  • Published 12 January 2015
  • Physics
  • arXiv: General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology
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