Commissioning, characterization and operation of the dual-recycled GEO 600

J. R. Smith, B. Allen, P. Aufmuth, C. Aulbert, S. Babak, R. Balasubramanian, B. W. Barr, S. Berukoff, A. Bunkowski, G. Cagnoli, C. A. Cantley, M. M. Casey, S. Chelkowski, D. Churches, T. Cokelaer, C. N. Colacino, D. R.M. Crooks, C. Cutler, K. Danzmann, R. DaviesR. J. Dupuis, E. Elliffe, C. Fallnich, A. Franzen, A. Freise, S. Goßler, A. Grant, H. Grote, S. Grunewald, J. Harms, G. Heinzel, I. S. Heng, A. Hepstonstall, M. Heurs, M. Hewitson, S. Hild, J. Hough, Y. Itoh, R. Jones, S. H. Huttner, K. Kawabe, C. Killow, K. Kötter, B. Krishnan, V. Leonhardt, H. Lück, B. Machenschalk, M. Malec, R. A. Mercer, C. Messenger, S. Mohanty, K. Mossavi, S. Mukherjee, P. Murray, S. Nagano, G. P. Newton, M. A. Papa, M. Perreur-Lloyd, M. Pitkin, M. V. Plissi, V. Quetschke, V. Re, S. Reid, L. Ribichini, D. I. Robertson, N. A. Robertson, J. D. Romano, S. Rowan, A. Rüdiger, B. S. Sathyaprakash, R. Schilling, R. Schnabel, B. F. Schutz, F. Seifert, A. M. Sintes, P. H. Sneddon, K. A. Strain, I. Taylor, R. Taylor, A. Thüring, C. Ungarelli, H. Vahlbruch, A. Vecchio, J. Veitch, H. Ward, U. Weiland, H. Welling, P. Williams, B. Willke, W. Winkler, G. Woan, I. Zawischa

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Abstract

The German-British laser-interferometric gravitational-wave detector GEO 600 is currently being commissioned as part of a worldwide network of gravitational-wave detectors. GEO 600 recently became the first kilometre-scale interferometer to employ dual recycling - an optical configuration that combines power recycling and signal recycling. We present a brief overview of the commissioning of this dual-recycled interferometer, the performance results achieved during a subsequent extended data-taking period, and the plans intended to bring GEO 600 to its final configuration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S1737-S1745
JournalClassical and Quantum Gravity
Volume21
Issue number20 SPEC. ISS.
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 21 2004

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