Gravitational-wave detection and low-latency infrastructure

Gravitational-wave detections of compact binaries by matched-filtering algorithms are now routine. However, there are other sources from which gravitational waves have not been detected and techniques which have not been fully explored. We are involved in the use of machine learning to identify binary black hole mergers with collaborators from UIUC and high energy physicists from MIT. We are also interested in the detection of unmodeled bursts, i.e., gravitational waves which do not come from compact binaries for which there are well-modeled theoretical waveforms, using the oLIB detection pipeline. Possible sources include core collapse supernovae, pulsar glitches, cosmic strings from the early universe, or (most excitingly) completely unknown sources we have yet to consider.