Detectability of the gravitational-wave background produced by magnetar giant flares

Nikolaos Kouvatsos, Paul D. Lasky, Ryan Quitzow-James, Mairi Sakellariadou

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We study the gravitational-wave background produced by f-mode oscillations of neutron stars triggered by magnetar giant flares. For the gravitational-wave energy, we use analytic formulas obtained via general relativistic magnetohydrodynamic simulations of strongly magnetized neutron stars. Assuming the magnetar giant flare rate is proportional to the star-formation rate, we show the gravitational-wave signal is likely undetectable by third-generation detectors such as the Einstein Telescope and Cosmic Explorer. We calculate the minimum value of the magnetic field and the magnetar giant flare rate necessary for such a signal to be detectable, and discuss these in the context of our current understanding of magnetar flares throughout the Universe.

Original languageEnglish
Article number063007
Number of pages7
JournalPhysical Review D
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 15 Sept 2022

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