Springer Theses

Precision Interferometry in a New Shape

Higher-order Laguerre-Gauss Modes for Gravitational Wave Detection

Authors: Fulda, Paul

  • Nominated by Gravitational Wave International Committee (GWIC) as an outstanding Ph.D. thesis
  • Winner of the 2012 GWIC Thesis Prize
  • Presents a seminal work allowing to build gravitational wave detectors with reduced thermal noise
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With his Ph.D. thesis, presented here in the format of a "Springer Theses", Paul Fulda won the 2012 GWIC thesis prize awarded by the Gravitational Wave International Committee. The impact of thermal noise on future gravitational wave detectors depends on the size and shape of the interrogating laser beam. It had been known since 2006 that, in theory, higher-order Laguerre-Gauss modes could reduce thermal noise. Paul Fulda’s research brings Laguerre-Gauss modes an enormous step forward. His work includes analytical, numerical and experimental work on table-top setups as well as experiments at the Glasgow 10m prototype interferometer. Using numerical simulations the LG33 mode was selected as the optical mode to be tested. Further research by Paul and his colleagues since then concentrated on this mode. Paul has developed and demonstrated simple and effective methods to create this mode with diffractive optics and successfully demonstrated its compatibility with the essential building blocks of gravitational wave detectors, namely, optical cavities, Michelson interferometers and opto-electronic sensing and control systems. Through this work, Laguerre-Gauss modes for interferometers have been transformed from an essentially unknown entity to a well understood option with an experimental basis.

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Dr. Paul Fulda received his PhD in 2012 at the University of Birmingham. He is the winner of the 2012 GWIC Thesis Prize awarded by the Gravitational Wave International Committee.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Fulda, Paul

    Pages 1-15

  • Laguerre-Gauss Beams for Test Mass Thermal Noise Reduction

    Fulda, Paul

    Pages 17-39

  • Simulation Study into $$\mathrm{LG}_{33}$$ Mode Interferometry and Production

    Fulda, Paul

    Pages 41-66

  • Tabletop Demonstrations of LG Mode Production and Cleaning

    Fulda, Paul

    Pages 67-97

  • Prototype Experiments with the $${\text {LG}}_{33}$$ Mode

    Fulda, Paul

    Pages 99-113

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Precision Interferometry in a New Shape
Book Subtitle
Higher-order Laguerre-Gauss Modes for Gravitational Wave Detection
Authors
Series Title
Springer Theses
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-01375-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-01375-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-01374-9
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-34756-1
Series ISSN
2190-5053
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXII, 154
Number of Illustrations and Tables
17 b/w illustrations, 44 illustrations in colour
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