LIGO Document P070096-x0

Interferometric detectors of gravitational waves on Earth: the next generations

Document #:
LIGO-P070096-x0
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P - Publications
Abstract:
First generation long-baseline interferometric detectors of gravitational waves are now taking data. A first detection might be possible with these instruments, but more sensitive detectors will be needed to start the field of gravitational wave astronomy. Second generation interferometers will improve the sensitivity by a factor ten, allowing to explore a universe volume 1000 times larger. The technology is almost ready and the construction will start at the beginning of the next decade. The community of the physicists involved in the field has also started to make plans for third generation detectors, for which a long term technology development program will be required. The plans for the upgrades of the existing detectors and the scenario for the evolution of the field will be reviewed in this paper.
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Rev P070096-01-Z:
- Full document number: LIGO-P070096-01-Z
- Author(s): Giovanni Losurdo
- Document date: 2007-09-28
- Document received date: 2007-10-01
- Document entry date: 2007-10-01

Rev P070096-00-Z:
- Full document number: LIGO-P070096-00-Z
- Author(s): Giovanni Losurdo
- Document date: 2007-09-04
- Document received date: 2007-09-04
- Document entry date: 2007-09-04

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