High Precision Laser Interferometry for Detection of Gravitational Radiation
The “First Generation” gravitational wave experiments, carried out in the 1970s, were not able to confirm definitely the existence of gravitational radiation. The strain sensitivity of these detectors was limited to δℓ/ℓ ≃ 3·10−17. Estimates by astrophysicists suggest that a sensitivity about four orders of magnitude higher would be required for a realistic chance to detect gravitational waves .
KeywordsGravitational Wave Shot Noise Gravitational Radiation Michelson Interferometer Pockels Cell
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