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Optomechanics for Gravitational Wave Detection: From Resonant Bars to Next Generation Laser Interferometers

David Blair, Li Ju, and Yiqiu Ma

in Quantum Optomechanics and Nanomechanics: Lecture Notes of the Les Houches Summer School: Volume 105, August 2015

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
April 2020
ISBN:
9780198828143
eISBN:
9780191866920
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198828143.003.0002
Subject:
Physics, Atomic, Laser, and Optical Physics

This chapter reviews the 40-year history that led to the first detection of gravitational waves, and goes on to outline techniques which will allow the detectors to be substantially improved. ... More


The Biggest Ears in the Sky: LIGO

John W. Moffat

in The Shadow of the Black Hole

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
June 2020
ISBN:
9780190650728
eISBN:
9780197517383
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190650728.003.0007
Subject:
Physics, Particle Physics / Astrophysics / Cosmology

At a press conference on February 11, 2016, David Reitz, LIGO Executive Director, announced, “We did it!” They detected gravitational waves for the first time. Both LIGO sites, in Washington state ... More


Evidential Culture and Time

Harry Collins

in Gravity's Ghost and Big Dog: Scientific Discovery and Social Analysis in the Twenty-First Century

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780226052298
eISBN:
9780226052328
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226052328.003.0011
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

How assessment of the Big Dog signal can be analysed in terms of evidential culture and how it is affected by past, present and future


Quantum Optomechanics and Nanomechanics: Lecture Notes of the Les Houches Summer School: Volume 105, August 2015

Pierre-François Cohadon, Jack Harris, Florian Marquardt, and Leticia Cugliandolo (eds)

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
April 2020
ISBN:
9780198828143
eISBN:
9780191866920
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198828143.001.0001
Subject:
Physics, Atomic, Laser, and Optical Physics

The Les Houches Summer School 2015 covered the emerging fields of cavity optomechanics and quantum nanomechanics. Optomechanics is flourishing and its concepts and techniques are now applied to a ... More


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