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Control of the Gravitational Wave Interferometric Detector Advanced Virgo


  • Nominated as an outstanding Ph.D thesis by the University of Paris-Sud, Orsay, France

  • Gives a comprehensive review of the design and function of state-of-the-art Gravitational Wave Detectors

  • Addresses the all-important question of stabilization and control of the instruments, both in simulation and experiment


Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Julia Casanueva Diaz
    Pages 1-5
  3. Julia Casanueva Diaz
    Pages 7-14
  4. Julia Casanueva Diaz
    Pages 15-26
  5. Julia Casanueva Diaz
    Pages 27-35
  6. Julia Casanueva Diaz
    Pages 37-83
  7. Julia Casanueva Diaz
    Pages 85-134
  8. Julia Casanueva Diaz
    Pages 135-198
  9. Julia Casanueva Diaz
    Pages 199-202

About this book


This book focuses on the development and implementation of the longitudinal, angular and frequency controls of the Advanced Virgo detector, both from the simulation and experimental point of view, which contributed to Virgo reaching a sensitivity that enabled it to join the LIGO-Virgo O2 run in August 2017. This data taking was very successful, with the first direct detection of a binary black hole merger (GW170814) using the full network of three interferometers, and the first detection and localization of a binary neutron star merger (GW170817).

The second generation of gravitational wave detector, Advanced Virgo, is capable of detecting differential displacements of the order of 10–21m. This means that it is highly sensitive to any disturbance, including the seismic movement of the Earth. For this reason an active control is necessary to keep the detector in place with sufficient accuracy.


Gravitational Wave Detector Interferometric Detector Control of an Optical Cavity Suspended Optical Cavity Advanced Virgo Detector Guided Lock Dynamical Effects in an Optical Cavity

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.INFN—Pisa SectionUniversity of PisaPisaItaly

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