The GEO 600 gravitational wave detector

B. Willke, P. Aufmuth, C. Aulbert, S. Babak, R. Balasubramanian, B. W. Barr, S. Berukoff, S. Bose, G. Cagnoli, M. M. Casey, D. Churches, D. Clubley, C. N. Colacino, D. R.M. Crooks, C. Cutler, K. Danzmann, R. Davies, R. Dupuis, E. Elliffe, C. FallnichA. Freise, S. Goßler, A. Grant, H. Grote, G. Heinzel, A. Heptonstall, M. Heurs, M. Hewitson, J. Hough, O. Jennrich, K. Kawabe, K. Kötter, V. Leonhardt, H. Lück, M. Malec, P. W. McNamara, S. A. McIntosh, K. Mossavi, S. Mohanty, S. Mukherjee, S. Nagano, G. P. Newton, B. J. Owen, D. Palmer, M. A. Papa, M. V. Plissi, V. Quetschke, D. I. Robertson, N. A. Robertson, S. Rowan, A. Rüdiger, B. S. Sathyaprakash, R. Schilling, B. F. Schutz, R. Senior, A. M. Sintes, K. D. Skeldon, P. Sneddon, F. Stief, K. A. Strain, I. Taylor, C. I. Torrie, A. Vecchio, H. Ward, U. Weiland, H. Welling, P. Williams, W. Winkler, G. Woan, I. Zawischa

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Abstract

The GEO 600 laser interferometer with 600 m armlength is part of a worldwide network of gravitational wave detectors. Due to the use of advanced technologies like multiple pendulum suspensions with a monolithic last stage and signal recycling, the anticipated sensitivity of GEO 600 is close to the initial sensitivity of detectors with several kilometres armlength. This paper describes the subsystems of GEO 600, the status of the detector by September 2001 and the plans towards the first science run.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1377-1387
Number of pages11
JournalClassical and Quantum Gravity
Volume19
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 7 2002

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