Swift gamma-ray, x-ray, and UV follow-up to gravitational wave triggers in the 3rd LIGO/Virgo Observing Run
The Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory provides critical wavelength and time-scale coverage for the discovery and characterization of electromagnetic counterparts to gravitational wave sources. During the 3rd LIGO/Virgo Observing Run, Swift has performed the most sensitive gamma-ray counterpart search and the only wide-field follow-up in the X-ray and UV bands. New ground system, spacecraft, and instrument capabilities have been developed to further this science. In addition, new pre-imaging surveys, analysis pipelines, and joint GRB/GW sub-threshold searches are now online which dramatically increase the scientific yield of these follow-up searches. We summarize the most recent Swift results from O3, and outline plans for the future.
American Astronomical Society Meeting Abstracts #235
- Pub Date:
- January 2020