General Relativity and Gravitation

, Volume 43, Issue 2, pp 537–567 | Cite as

Optical detector topology for third-generation gravitational wave observatories

  • Andreas Freise
  • Stefan Hild
  • Kentaro Somiya
  • Ken A. Strain
  • Andrea Viceré
  • Matteo Barsuglia
  • Simon Chelkowski
Research Article


The third generation of gravitational wave observatories, with the aim of providing 100 times better sensitivity than currently operating interferometers, is expected to establish the evolving field of gravitational wave astronomy. A key element, required to achieve this ambitious sensitivity goal, is the exploration of new interferometer geometries, topologies and configurations. In this article we review the current status of the ongoing design work for third-generation gravitational wave observatories. The main focus is the evaluation of the detector geometry and detector topology. In addition we discuss some promising detector configurations and potential noise reduction schemes.


Gravitational wave detector Laser interferometer Topology Optical design 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andreas Freise
    • 1
  • Stefan Hild
    • 2
  • Kentaro Somiya
    • 3
  • Ken A. Strain
    • 2
  • Andrea Viceré
    • 4
  • Matteo Barsuglia
    • 5
  • Simon Chelkowski
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Physics and AstronomyUniversity of BirminghamBirminghamUK
  2. 2.Institute for Gravitational ResearchUniversity of GlasgowGlasgowUK
  3. 3.Theoretical Astrophysics, California Institute of TechnologyPasadenaUSA
  4. 4.INFN, Sezione di Firenze, Universitá degli Studi di Urbino “Carlo Bo”UrbinoItaly
  5. 5.AstroParticule et Cosmologie, CNRS UMR7164ParisFrance

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