Journal Article

<span class="smallCaps">tempo2</span>: a new pulsar timing package – III. Gravitational wave simulation

G. Hobbs, F. Jenet, K. J. Lee, J. P. W. Verbiest, D. Yardley, R. Manchester, A. Lommen, W. Coles, R. Edwards and C. Shettigara

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Published on behalf of The Royal Astronomical Society

Volume 394, issue 4, pages 1945-1955
Published in print April 2009 | ISSN: 0035-8711
Published online April 2009 | e-ISSN: 1365-2966 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2966.2009.14391.x
tempo2: a new pulsar timing package – III. Gravitational wave simulation

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Analysis of pulsar timing data sets may provide the first direct detection of gravitational waves. This paper, the third in a series describing the mathematical framework implemented into the tempo2 pulsar timing package, reports on using tempo2 to simulate the timing residuals induced by gravitational waves. The tempo2 simulations can be used to provide upper bounds on the amplitude of an isotropic, stochastic, gravitational wave background in our Galaxy and to determine the sensitivity of a given pulsar timing experiment to individual, supermassive, binary black hole systems.

Keywords: gravitational waves; methods: numerical; pulsars: general

Journal Article.  7744 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics

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