In this paper we present the results of a coherent narrow-band search for continuous gravitational-wave signals from the Crab and Vela pulsars conducted on Virgo VSR4 data. In order to take into account a possible small mismatch between the gravitational-wave frequency and two times the star rotation frequency, inferred from measurement of the electromagnetic pulse rate, a range of 0.02 Hz around two times the star rotational frequency has been searched for both the pulsars. No evidence for a signal has been found and 95% confidence level upper limits have been computed assuming both that polarization parameters are completely unknown and that they are known with some uncertainty, as derived from x-ray observations of the pulsar wind torii. For Vela the upper limits are comparable to the spin-down limit, computed assuming that all the observed spin-down is due to the emission of gravitational waves. For Crab the upper limits are about a factor of 2 below the spin-down limit, and represent a significant improvement with respect to past analysis. This is the first time the spin-down limit is significantly overcome in a narrow-band search.
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Physical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
Aasi, J., Abbott, B., Abbott, R., Abbott, T., Abernathy, M., Acernese, F., Ackley, K., Adams, C., Adams, T., Adams, T., Addesso, P., Adhikari, R., Adya, V., Affeldt, C., Agathos, M., Agatsuma, K., Aggarwal, N., Aguiar, O., Ain, A., Ajith, P., Alemic, A., Allen, B., Allocca, A., Amariutei, D., Anderson, S., Anderson, W., Arai, K., Araya, M., Arceneaux, C., Areeda, J., Ashton, G., Ast, S., & Aston, S. (2015). Narrow-band search of continuous gravitational-wave signals from Crab and Vela pulsars in Virgo VSR4 data. Physical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology, 91 (2) https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevD.91.022004