Proposal for a Joint German-British Interferometric Gravitational Wave Detector

Hough, J. et al. (1989) Proposal for a Joint German-British Interferometric Gravitational Wave Detector. Other. Max-Planck-Institut, Germany.




For many years there has been steady progress towards the detection of gravitational radiation. It has now become clear that the next major step should be the construction of a number of long-baseline detectors around the world. An array of detectors of this type is expected to allow the observation of gravitational waves from a range of astrophysical sources, leading to improved insight in many areas including stellar collapse, binary coalescence and the expansion of the Universe. We propose that one of these detectors be built by a collaboration formed around the gravitational wave groups in Britain and Germany. In this document we present our case for this collaborative venture and outline the design philosophy of our proposed instrument - an interferometric detector with arms of length close to 3km. Two detectors of the same general type are planned for the USA (LIGO project), one is planned for Italy (Italian/French VIRGO project) and another is proposed for Australia (AIGO project). It is expected that all the long baseline detectors to be built will operate as part of a coordinated worldwide network.

Item Type:Research Reports or Papers (Other)
Additional Information:Document number GWD/137/JH(89)
Keywords:gravitational waves, interferometry
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Ward, Professor Henry and Newton, Dr Gavin and Robertson, Professor Norna and Hough, Professor James
Authors: Hough, J., Meers, B.J., Newton, G., Robertson, N., Ward, H., Leuchs, G., Niebauer, T.M., Rudiger, A., Schilling, R., Schnupp, L., Walther, H., Winkler, W., Schutz, B.F., Ehlers, J., Kafka, P., Schafer, G., Hamilton, M.W., Schutz, I., Welling, H., Bennett, J.R.J., Corbett, I.F., Edwards, B.W.H., Greenhalgh, R.J.S., and Kose, V.
Subjects:Q Science > QB Astronomy
Q Science > QC Physics
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Physics and Astronomy

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