P-16 Extracting Gravitational Waves from Noisy Data Using a Maximum Entropy Method Approach

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CONFERENCE: Honors Scholars & Undergraduate Research Poster Symposium Programs

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Gravitational waves are virtually undetectable ripples in the fabric of space and time. The LIGO Scientific Collaboration aims to achieve the first direct detection of these waves with the LIGO detectors. LIGO is currently being updated to Advanced LIGO, which will be ten times more sensitive than previous levels. To prepare for this next generation in gravitational wave detection, we develop and test methods for extracting gravitational wave signals and their parameters. We test the MaxEnt method’s extraction ability by injecting fake signals into noise and extracting a signal. We then estimate the extracted signal’s parameters and evaluate MaxEnt’s effectiveness by comparing said parameters with the parameters of the original injected signal.