Advertisement

VIRGO: An Interferometric Detector of Gravitational Waves

  • Giazotto A. 
  • Braccini S. 
Conference paper

Abstract

The VIRGO project refers to the construction of a 3 km-long arms interferometric gravitational wave detector, close to Pisa (Italy). The working principle of the detector is outlined in Sect. 1. Then the nature of the gravitational waves (Sect. 2) and the amplitude of the signals expected by astrophysical sources (Sect. 3) is discussed. The design and the techniques used to increase the sensitivity of VIRGO are illustrated in Sect. 4 while the status of construction can be found in Sect. 5.

Keywords

Gravitational Wave Optical Component Seismic Noise Virgo Cluster Dimensionless Amplitude 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

Preview

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

References

  1. 1.
    Misner, C.W., Thome, K.S., Wheeler, J. (1973): Gravitation. W.H. Freeman, San FranciscoGoogle Scholar
  2. 2.
    Thorne, K.S. (1987): Gravitational radiation, in 300 years of gravitation, ed. by S.W. Hawking, W. Israel, Cambridge University Press, New York, Vol. 9, pp. 330–458Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Shapiro, H.V., Teukoisky, S.A. (1984): The physics of compact objects. J. Wiley & Sons, New YorkGoogle Scholar
  4. 4.
    Vinet, J.Y., Meers, B., Man, C.N., Brillet, A. (1988): Phys. Rev. D 38, 433ADSCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. 5.
    Hough, J. (1991): The stabilisation of lasers for interferometric gravitational wave detectors, in The detection of gravitational waves, ed. by D. G. Blair, Cambridge University Press, New York, Vol. 13, pp. 329–352CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  6. 6.
    Brillet, A. (1985): Ann. de Phys. 10, 219ADSCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  7. 7.
    Braccini, S. (1997): Design of the superattenuators for the VIRGO construction. VIRGO Internal Report (VIR-TRE-PIS-4600-134)Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag Italia 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Progetto VIRGO, Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Sezione di PisaPisaItaly
  2. 2.Progetto VIRGO, Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Sezione di Pisa, Traversa H di Via MacerataCascina (Pisa)Italy

Personalised recommendations