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Author Blair, David G.
Title Advanced Gravitational Wave Detectors.
Imprint Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2012.

Author Blair, David G.
Subject Astronomical instruments.
Gravitational waves -- Measurement -- Instruments.
Laser interferometers.
Gravimeters (Geophysical instruments)
Alt Name Howell, E. J.
Ju, L.
Zhao, C.
Description 1 online resource (346 pages)
Contents Cover; ADVANCED GRAVITATIONAL WAVE DETECTORS; Title; Copyright; In memory of Stefano Braccini, our co-author and respected colleague.; Contents; Contributors; Foreword; Preface; Introduction; Part 1 An introduction to gravitational wave astronomy and detectors; 1 Gravitational waves; 1.1 Listening to the Universe; 1.2 Gravitational waves in stiff-elastic spacetime; 1.3 The luminosity of gravitational waves; 1.4 The amplitude and frequency of gravitational wave sources; 1.5 Gravitational waves in general relativity; 1.6 Gravitational wave detector response and signal strength; References.
2 Sources of gravitational waves2.1 Introduction; 2.2 Rough guide to signal amplitudes; 2.3 Supernovae; 2.4 Neutron star coalescence; 2.5 Rates of coalescing compact binaries; 2.6 Gravitational wave standard sirens; 2.7 Gravitational waves and gamma-ray bursts; 2.8 Continuous gravitational wave sources; 2.9 Low-frequency sources; 2.10 Stochastic background from the era of early star formation; 2.11 Cosmological gravitational waves from the Big Bang; References; 3 Gravitational wave detectors; 3.1 Introduction; 3.2 Introducing gravitational wave detectors across the spectrum.
3.3 Key concepts in gravitational wave detection3.4 Detectors from nanohertz to kilohertz; 3.5 Introduction to terrestrial interferometers; 3.6 Conclusion; References; 4 Gravitational wave data analysis; 4.1 Introduction; 4.2 Source amplitudes vs sensitivity; 4.3 Matched filtering and optimal signal-to-noise ratio; 4.4 Practical applications of matched filtering; 4.5 Suboptimal filtering methods; 4.6 False alarms, detection threshold and coincident observation; 4.7 Detection of stochastic signals by cross-correlation; 4.8 Network detection; References.
5 Network analysis and multi-messenger astronomy5.1 Introduction; 5.2 Network analysis; 5.3 General approach for discretised data; 5.4 Angular resolution of a detector network; 5.5 Multi-messenger gravitational wave astronomy; References; Part 2 Current laser interferometer detectors -- three case studies; 6 The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory; 6.1 Introduction; 6.2 The LIGO detectors; 6.3 Detector description; 6.4 Instrument performance; 6.5 Future directions; References; 7 The Virgo detector; 7.1 Introduction; 7.2 Virgo overall design; 7.3 The Virgo subsystems.
7.4 Interferometer commissioning7.5 Virgo+ upgrades; 7.6 Towards the next generation; References; 8 GEO 600; 8.1 A bit of history; 8.2 GEO 600 techniques; 8.3 The status in late 2009; 8.4 Upgrade plans; 8.5 In the future; References; Part 3 Technology for advanced gravitationalwave detectors; 9 Lasers for high optical power interferometers; 9.1 Requirements on the light source of a gravitational wave detector; 9.2 Lasers for advanced gravitational wave detectors; 9.3 Laser stabilisation; 9.4 Lasers for third generation interferometers; References; 10 Thermal noise, suspensions and test masses.
Note 10.1 Introduction.
Summary Introduces the technology and reviews the experimental issues; a valuable reference for graduate students and researchers in physics and astrophysics.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9781139231978
9781139046916 (ebook)
1139046918 (ebook)
9780521874298 (hardback)
0521874297 (hardback)
9781139233514 (electronic bk.)
1139233513 (electronic bk.)
ISBN/ISSN 9786613571663
OCLC # 793510841
Additional Format Print version: Blair, D.G. Advanced Gravitational Wave Detectors. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, ©2012 9780521874298

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