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The Mock LISA Data Challenges: from Challenge 1B to Challenge 3

Abstract : The Mock LISA Data Challenges are a programme to demonstrate and encourage the development of LISA data-analysis capabilities, tools and techniques. At the time of this workshop, three rounds of challenges had been completed, and the next was about to start. In this article we provide a critical analysis of entries to the latest completed round, Challenge 1B. The entries confirm the consolidation of a range of data-analysis techniques for Galactic and massive--black-hole binaries, and they include the first convincing examples of detection and parameter estimation of extreme--mass-ratio inspiral sources. In this article we also introduce the next round, Challenge 3. Its data sets feature more realistic waveform models (e.g., Galactic binaries may now chirp, and massive--black-hole binaries may precess due to spin interactions), as well as new source classes (bursts from cosmic strings, isotropic stochastic backgrounds) and more complicated nonsymmetric instrument noise.
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S. Babak, J. G. Baker, M. J. Benacquista, N. J. Cornish, J. Crowder, et al.. The Mock LISA Data Challenges: from Challenge 1B to Challenge 3. 12th Gravitational Wave Data Analysis Workshop (GWDAW), Dec 2007, Cambridge, MA, United States. pp.184026, ⟨10.1088/0264-9381/25/18/184026⟩. ⟨in2p3-00289769⟩



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