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Advanced technologies for future ground-based, laser-interferometric gravitational wave detectors

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>1/12/2014
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal of Modern Optics
Issue numberSup1
Volume61
Number of pages36
Pages (from-to)S10-S45
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

We present a review of modern optical techniques being used and developed for the field of gravitational wave detection. We describe the current state-of-the-art of gravitational waves detector technologies with regard to optical layouts, suspensions and test masses. We discuss the dominant sources and noise in each of these subsystems and the developments that will help mitigate them for future generations of detectors. We very briefly summarise some of the novel astrophysics that will be possible with these upgraded detectors.