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Burst Group External Collaboration Overview

Overview of Active or Possible External Collaboration

Name of external person(s), group, or scientific collaboration:

HETE II: The High Energy Transient Explorer Mission
HETE home page

Brief description of collaborative activity (one sentence):

Look for coincidences between LIGO S2/S3 GW triggers and low-threshold HETE GRB triggers.

Contact person(s) in the LSC+Virgo collaborations:

Erik Katsavounidis, Katherine Rawlins

External contact person(s):

George Ricker, Nat Butler

How does/would this collaborative activity benefit the LSC and Virgo?

Could reveal a connection between gravitational waves and GRBs.

Are there other individuals/groups who could provide similar benefits?

If so, what is the scientific and/or practical justification for pursuing this particular collaboration?
At the time of this joint work, HETE was one of the leading sources of information about GRBs. HETE is based at MIT, making it very convenient to work together effectively with LIGO.

Are any joint proposals planned to be submitted, e.g. for funding or for telescope time?

No, this is a peer-to-peer collaboration using data that had already been collected.

Describe any paper(s) which will/might result from this collaboration

Detection of coincident GW-GRB triggers, if significantly above the expected background rate, would lead to a joint discovery paper.

What preliminary studies (if any) have been done or are currently being done?

analysis proposal, several LSC collab meeting presentations

Any other comments:

The MOU is M040121-00; it has an attachment, M040122-00.
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