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Audience: The targeted audience (in the immediate future) includes the astronomy and physics departments for whom I will be presenting my thesis in November of next year. However, I hope to target a broader audience of LIGO research scientists, observers who are interested in detecting counterparts for gravitational waves, and scientists looking into the future science that can be done using gravitational wave observations.

Context: I will be defending my senior thesis in November 2017 for a panel of reviewers including my thesis advisor, the department chair, the undergraduate advisor, and my astronomy peers who I invite to the talk. The thesis itself should thoroughly report on the research that I have been working on thus far, as well as comprehensively explain the background information needed so that a person with a background in either physics or astronomy, without knowledge of how gravitational waves work, would be able to follow the models and methods outlined in the paper.

Purpose: Gravitational waves are a powerful tool that can be paired with electromagnetic counterparts to address several unanswered questions in the field. The current degree of localization and uncertainties in parameter estimation does not suffice to make definitive insights into these questions. In this paper, I will introduce the current open questions that gravitational waves observations can answer, discuss the situation with our current detector network, and outline the study that could be performed in order to provide constraints for next generation detectors that will improve a) how well astrophysical systems can be localized and b) the distances (and redshifts) from where we can observe gravitational wave signals.
April 21, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterShreya Anand