Comparison of advanced gravitational-wave detectors

Harry, G.M., Houser, J.L. and Strain, K.A. (2002) Comparison of advanced gravitational-wave detectors. Physical Review D, 65(8), art 082001. (doi: 10.1103/PhysRevD.65.082001)

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We compare two advanced designs for gravitational-wave antennas in terms of their ability to detect two possible gravitational wave sources. Spherical, resonant mass antennas and interferometers incorporating resonant sideband extraction (RSE) were modeled using experimentally measurable parameters. The signal-to-noise ratio of each detector for a binary neutron star system and a rapidly rotating stellar core were calculated. For a range of plausible parameters we found that the advanced LIGO interferometer incorporating RSE gave higher signal-to-noise ratios than a spherical detector resonant at the same frequency for both sources. Spheres were found to be sensitive to these sources at distances beyond our galaxy. Interferometers were sensitive to these sources at far enough distances that several events per year would be expected.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Strain, Professor Kenneth
Authors: Harry, G.M., Houser, J.L., and Strain, K.A.
Subjects:Q Science > QC Physics
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Physics and Astronomy
Journal Name:Physical Review D
Publisher:American Physical Society
ISSN (Online):1089-4918

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