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Computer monitoring and control of the GEO 600 gravitational wave detector

Casey, M.M., Ward, H., and Robertson, D.I. (2000) Computer monitoring and control of the GEO 600 gravitational wave detector. Review of Scientific Instruments, 71 (10). 3910 -3917. ISSN 0034-6748 (doi:10.1063/1.1310352)

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.1310352

Abstract

The GEO 600 gravitational wave detector is at an advanced stage of construction at Ruthe, near Hannover in Northern Germany. Successful long-term stable operation of long-baseline interferometers like GEO 600 will critically depend on continuous monitoring and control of the very large number of interdependent feedback systems involved. We present here a description of the control infrastructure developed for this task for GEO 600. Our solution is based on a combination of purpose-built interfacing hardware, standard local area network-connected personal computers, and control software written using LabVIEW. The software techniques developed allow monitoring of all detector systems and also provide the mechanisms for manual and automated control both locally and from remote internet-connected sites.

Item Type:Article
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Casey, Dr Morag and Robertson, Dr David and Ward, Dr Henry
Authors: Casey, M.M., Ward, H., and Robertson, D.I.
Subjects:Q Science > QC Physics
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Physics and Astronomy
Journal Name:Review of Scientific Instruments
ISSN:0034-6748

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