Compact binaries : models of populations, multi-messenger detection and cosmology

Abstract : Here I present my thesis investigating gravitational-wave data analysis in the following two areas. The first is to test the readiness of the LIGO-Virgo collaborations to the advanced detector era, which will begin in the summer of 2015, to make a detection of an astrophysical stochastic gravitational-wave background. The second is to continue an investigation into the science potential of a conceived, third generation gravitational-wave detector, the Einstein Telescope, in terms of astrophysics and cosmology. Both of these are conducted with the use of mock data and science challenges which consists of the production of expected gravitational-wave detector data, containing a large number of sources, that are simulated using realists distributions.
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Duncan Meacher. Compact binaries : models of populations, multi-messenger detection and cosmology. Other. Université Nice Sophia Antipolis, 2015. English. ⟨NNT : 2015NICE4058⟩. ⟨tel-01243679⟩

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