July 31, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
US/Central timezone

Towards a new approach to cosmology with the Dark Energy Survey and Gravitational Waves

Jul 31, 2017, 6:46 PM
Reception Area (Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory)

Reception Area

Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory

Poster Cosmology and Astrophysics Poster Session and Reception


Dr Marcelle Soares-Santos (Fermilab)


Motivated by the exciting prospect of new wealth of information that will arise from observations of gravitational and electromagnetic radiation from the same astrophysical phenomena, we have established a program to search for optical counterparts to LIGO/Virgo events using the the Dark Energy Camera (DECam). The project is performed in a broad collaboration including members of the Dark Energy Survey (DES) Collaboration, the LIGO/Virgo Collaboration, and the community at large. Its success has motivated us to pursue a new survey with DECam: the Blanco Images of the Southern Sky (BLISS) survey. BLISS expands the DECam sky coverage beyond the areas covered by DES and will increase the efficiency of our searches. In this talk, I present an overview of this effort, including results of searches for signatures of the first two binary black hole mergers detected by LIGO in the 2015-2016 observing campaign and status of the ongoing 2016-2017 campaign. I will also discuss plans for upcoming seasons and long term prospects for this exciting emerging field: multi-messenger cosmology with gravitational waves and optical data.

Primary author


Bobby Butler (Fermilab) Brian Yanny (FNAL) Daniel Holz (University of Chiago) Hsin-Yu Chen (University of Chicago) Dr James Annis (Fermilab) Juan Garcia-Bellido (UAM-Spain) Dr Kenneth Herner (Fermilab) Masao Sako (UPenn) Dr Rick Kessler (University of Chicago) Zoheyr Doctor (University of Chicago)

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