Astrophysics and Space Science Library

Advanced Interferometers and the Search for Gravitational Waves

Lectures from the First VESF School on Advanced Detectors for Gravitational Waves

Editors: Bassan, Massimo (Ed.)

  • Coverage of all experimental aspects of the search for gravitational radiation with optical interferometers
  • Description of the technological developments underlying the evolution of advanced interferometers
  • Special focus on the solutions adopted for Advanced VIRGO but with constant attention to other strategies
  • All chapters written by highly qualified researchers, chosen from among the leading specialists in the field
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The search for gravitational radiation with optical interferometers is gaining momentum worldwide. Beside the VIRGO and GEO gravitational wave observatories in Europe and the two LIGOs in the United States, which have operated successfully during the past decade, further observatories are being completed (KAGRA in Japan) or planned (ILIGO in India). The sensitivity of the current observatories, although spectacular, has not allowed direct discovery of gravitational waves. The advanced detectors (Advanced LIGO and Advanced Virgo) at present in the development phase will improve sensitivity by a factor of 10, probing the universe up to 200 Mpc for signal from inspiraling binary compact stars. This book covers all experimental aspects of the search for gravitational radiation with optical interferometers. Every facet of the technological development underlying the evolution of advanced interferometers is thoroughly described, from configuration to optics and coatings and from thermal compensation to suspensions and controls. All key ingredients of an advanced detector are covered, including the solutions implemented in first-generation detectors, their limitations, and how to overcome them. Each issue is addressed with special reference to the solution adopted for Advanced VIRGO but constant attention is also paid to other strategies, in particular those chosen for Advanced LIGO.

About the authors

Massimo Bassan is Associate Professor of Physics at University of Rome Tor Vergata. His research focuses mainly on gravitational waves: he built the first Italian prototype of the interferometer, took part in the development of resonant cryogenic antennas, and he is currently involved in the spatial mission LISA (Laser Interferometer Space Antenna) of ESA. He is also member of the Executive Board of the Virgo-EGO Scientific Forum (VESF) and coordinates the VESF schools on gravitational waves.

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“This is an interesting book which bridges the gap between popular articles and treatises on gravitational waves, and the highly specialized articles on aspects of potential gravitational-wave sources and the detectors being designed to search for them. … a book aimed at young keen researchers starting out in the field of gravitational-wave detection. … it will also be of interest to experimental physicists working on the limitations to fundamental measurement.” (Jim Hough, The Observatory, Vol. 135 (1245), April, 2015)


Table of contents (14 chapters)

  • Towards Gravitational Wave Astronomy

    Losurdo, Giovanni

    Pages 1-20

  • The Science Case for Advanced Gravitational Wave Detectors

    Viceré, Andrea

    Pages 21-55

  • Interferometer Configurations

    Vajente, Gabriele

    Pages 57-95

  • Pre-stabilized Lasers for Advanced Detectors

    Man, C.-Nary

    Pages 97-113

  • Input Optics System

    Tacca, Matteo

    Pages 115-151

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Advanced Interferometers and the Search for Gravitational Waves
Book Subtitle
Lectures from the First VESF School on Advanced Detectors for Gravitational Waves
Editors
  • Massimo Bassan
Series Title
Astrophysics and Space Science Library
Series Volume
404
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-03792-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-03792-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-03791-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-34954-1
Series ISSN
0067-0057
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 387
Number of Illustrations and Tables
223 b/w illustrations
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