Now scientists have failed to record signals that unambiguously confirm the existence of continuous gravitational waves. But, according to the authors, this is due to the insufficient sensitivity of the detectors.
In order to increase the chances of detecting the desired waves, scientists have optimized the detectors, each in its own channel: one in sensitivity, another in signal processing speed, and the third in the most likely astrophysical scenario.
Once we hear a continuous gravitational wave, we can look deep into the heart of a neutron star and unravel its mysteries, which is an exciting prospect.
Scientists have selected 15 young neutron stars for the first study session.
While the structure of neutron stars is an open question for scientists, the authors are confident that when they find continuous waves, it will shed light on this unknown part of physics.
Continuous gravitational waves are a kind of buzz generated by the deviation of the shape of the neutron star from the ideal. It is assumed that they will help to learn more about the composition of these very stars, since this parameter determines the frequency, intensity and rate of change of the signal.