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DC readout experiment in Enhanced LIGO

Fricke, Tobin T, Smith-Lefebvre, Nicolás D, Abbott, Richard, Adhikari, Rana, Dooley, Katherine, Evans, Matthew, Fritschel, Peter, Frolov, Valery V, Kawabe, Keita, Kissel, Jeffrey S, Slagmolen, Bram J J and Waldman, Sam J 2012. DC readout experiment in Enhanced LIGO. Classical and Quantum Gravity 29 (6) , 065005. 10.1088/0264-9381/29/6/065005

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The two 4 km long gravitational wave detectors operated by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) were modified in 2008 to read out the gravitational wave channel using the DC readout form of homodyne detection and to include an optical filter cavity at the output of the detector. As part of the upgrade to Enhanced LIGO, these modifications replaced the radio-frequency (RF) heterodyne system used previously. We describe the motivations for and the implementation of DC readout and the output mode cleaner in Enhanced LIGO. We present characterizations of the system, including measurements and models of the couplings of the noises from the laser source to the gravitational wave readout channel. We show that noise couplings using DC readout are improved over those for RF readout, and we find that the achieved shot-noise-limited sensitivity is consistent with modeled results.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Physics and Astronomy
Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics
Publisher: IOP Publishing
ISSN: 0264-9381
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2018 11:40

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