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Advanced Gravitational Wave Detectors

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  • Editors:
  • D. G. Blair, University of Western Australia, Perth
  • E. J. Howell, University of Western Australia, Perth
  • L. Ju, University of Western Australia, Perth
  • C. Zhao, University of Western Australia, Perth
D. G. Blair, L. Ju, C. Zhao, E. J. Howell, H. Miao, P. Barriga, B. S. Sathyaprakash, B. F. Schutz, L. Wen, P. Fritschel, S. Braccini, H. LĂĽck, H. Grote, B. Willke, M. Frede, G. Harry, B. Lee, B. Lantz, J-C. Dumas, S. Gras, J. Degallaix, Y. Chen, M. Punturo
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  • Date Published: March 2012
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521874298

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  • After decades of research, physicists now know how to detect Einstein's gravitational waves. Advanced gravitational wave detectors, the most sensitive instruments ever created, will be almost certain of detecting the births of black holes throughout the Universe. This book describes the physics of gravitational waves and their detectors. The book begins by introducing the physics of gravitational wave detection and the likely sources of detectable waves. Case studies on the first generation of large scale gravitational wave detectors introduce the technology and set the scene for a review of the experimental issues in creating advanced detectors in which the instrument's sensitivity is limited by Heisenberg's uncertainty principle. The book covers lasers, thermal noise, vibration isolation, interferometer control and stabilisation against opto-acoustic instabilities. This is a valuable reference for graduate students and researchers in physics and astrophysics entering this field.

    • An introduction to the theory of Einstein's gravitational waves, the black holes and other sources that will create them, and the instruments designed to detect them
    • Features case studies on three gravitational wave interferometric detectors “ the most sensitive instruments ever created
    • Reviews the experimental issues in creating advanced detectors
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    "This book is not only a monograph on advanced gravitational wave detectors and the astrophysical phenomena they will explore, it also contains a pedagogically fine introduction to the field of gravitational wave science. I recommend it to any budding or mature scientist or engineer who wants an overview of this exciting field and where it is going."
    Kip. S. Thorne, Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics, Emeritus, California Institute of Technology

    "Almost 100 years after Einstein introduced his Theory of General Relativity, we are finally on the threshold of making direct detections of gravitational waves ... Advanced Gravitational Wave Detectors gives us an up-to-date view of the science and techniques for making the first detections and then developing yet more sensitive future detectors ... This comprehensive review, written by experts in gravitational waves physics, covers these topics in depth and will serve as a very good introduction for students, while at the same time, being a valuable resource for practitioners in the field."
    Barry C. Barish, Linde Professor of Physics Emeritus, California Institute of Technology

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2012
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521874298
    • length: 344 pages
    • dimensions: 253 x 180 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.82kg
    • contains: 112 b/w illus. 14 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. An Introduction to Gravitational Wave Astronomy and Detectors:
    1. Gravitational waves D. G. Blair, L. Ju, C. Zhao and E. J. Howell
    2. Sources of gravitational waves D. G. Blair and E. J. Howell
    3. Gravitational wave detectors D. G. Blair, L. Ju, C. Zhao, H. Miao, E. J. Howell, and P. Barriga
    4. Gravitational wave data analysis B. S. Sathyaprakash and B. F. Schutz
    5. Network analysis L. Wen and B. F. Schutz
    Part II. Current Laser Interferometer Detectors: Three Case Studies:
    6. The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory P. Fritschel
    7. The VIRGO detector S. Braccini
    8. GEO 600 H. LĂĽck and H. Grote
    Part III. Technology for Advanced Gravitational Wave Detectors:
    9. Lasers for high optical power interferometers B. Willke and M. Frede
    10. Thermal noise, suspensions and test masses L. Ju, G. Harry and B. Lee
    11. Vibration isolation: Part 1. Seismic isolation for advanced LIGO B. Lantz
    Part 2. Passive isolation J-C. Dumas
    12. Interferometer sensing and control P. Barriga
    13. Stabilizing interferometers against high optical power effects C. Zhao, L. Ju, S. Gras and D. G. Blair
    Part IV. Technology for Third Generation Gravitational Wave Detectors:
    14. Cryogenic interferometers J. Degallaix
    15. Quantum theory of laser-interferometer GW detectors H. Miao and Y. Chen
    16. ET. A third generation observatory M. Punturo and H. LĂĽck
    Index.

  • Editors

    D. G. Blair, University of Western Australia, Perth
    D. G. Blair is Director of the Australian International Gravitational Research Centre (AIGRC), University of Western Australia.

    E. J. Howell, University of Western Australia, Perth
    L. Ju is an Associate Professor at the Australian International Gravitational Research Centre, University of Western Australia.

    L. Ju, University of Western Australia, Perth
    C. Zhao is Research Director of Gingin High Optical Power Facility (HOPF) and Associate Professor at the Australian International Gravitational Research Centre, University of Western Australia.

    C. Zhao, University of Western Australia, Perth
    E. J. Howell is a Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia.

    Contributors

    D. G. Blair, L. Ju, C. Zhao, E. J. Howell, H. Miao, P. Barriga, B. S. Sathyaprakash, B. F. Schutz, L. Wen, P. Fritschel, S. Braccini, H. LĂĽck, H. Grote, B. Willke, M. Frede, G. Harry, B. Lee, B. Lantz, J-C. Dumas, S. Gras, J. Degallaix, Y. Chen, M. Punturo

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