VIRGO: A large interferometer for gravitational wave detection started its first scientific run

F. Acernese, M. Alshourbagy, P. Amico, F. Antonucci, S. Aoudia, P. Astone, S. Avino, L. Baggio, F. Barone, L. Barsotti, M. Barsuglia, T. S. Bauer, S. Bigotta, S. Birindelli, M. Bizouard, C. Boccara, F. Bondu, L. Bosi, S. Braccini, C. BradaschiaA. Brillet, V. Brisson, D. Buskulic, G. Cagnoli, E. Calloni, E. Campagna, F. Cavalier, R. Cavalieri, G. Cella, E. Cesarini, E. C-Mottin, A. C. Clapson, F. Cleva, E. Coccia, C. Corda, A. Corsi, F. Cottone, J. P. Coulon, E. Cuoco, S. D'Antonio, A. Dari, V. Dattilo, M. Davier, R. De Rosa, M. Del Prete, L. Di Fiore, A. Di Lieto, A. Di Virgilio, B. Dujardin, M. Evans, V. Fafone, I. Ferrante, F. Fidecaro, I. Fiori, R. Flaminio, J. D. Fournier, S. Frasca, F. Frasconi, L. Gammaitoni, F. Garufi, E. Genin, A. Gennai, A. Giazotto, L. Giordano, V. Granata, C. Greverie, D. Grosjean, G. Guidi, S. Hamdani, S. Hebri, H. Heitmann, P. Hello, D. Huet, S. Kreckelbergh, P. La Penna, M. Laval, N. Leroy, N. Letendre, B. Lopez, M. Lorenzini, V. Loriette, G. Losurdo, J. M. MacKowski, E. Majorana, M. Mantovani, F. Marchesoni, F. Marion, J. Marque, F. Martelli, A. Masserot, F. Menzinger, L. Milano, Y. Minenkov, C. Moins, J. Moreau, N. Morgado, S. Mosca, B. Mours, C. N. Man, I. Neri, F. Nocera, G. Pagliaroli, C. Palomba, F. Paoletti, S. Pardi, A. Pasqualetti, R. Passaquieti, D. Passuello, F. Piergiovanni, L. Pinard, R. Poggiani, M. Punturo, P. Puppo, P. Rapagnani, T. Regimbau, A. Remillieux, F. Ricci, I. Ricciardi, A. Rocchi, L. Rolland, R. Romano, P. Ruggi, G. Russo, S. Solimeno, A. Spallicci, M. Tarallo, R. Terenzi, A. Toncelli, M. Tonelli, E. Tournefier, F. Travasso, C. Tremola, G. Vajente, J. F.J. Van Der Brand, S. Van Der Putten, D. Verkindt, F. Vetrano, A. Vicerè, J. Y. Vinet, H. Vocca, M. Yvert

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Abstract

The VIRGO interferometer is the largest ground based European gravitational wave detector operating at the EGO Laboratory in the Pisa, Italy; countryside. During the last commissioning period relevant progress have been done in approaching its design sensitivity all over the detection bandwidth. Thanks to the effort of the whole Collaboration a long scientific run has been done collecting data for more than 4 months in conjunction with the LIGO detectors. The results obtained from the detector point of view are: A very good stability and a duty-cycle as high as 81% in science mode. In this paper we present the status of the VIRGO interferometer giving an overview of the experimental apparatus together with its most relevant features.

Original languageEnglish
Article number032007
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Volume120
Issue numberPart 3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2008
Event10th International Conference on Topics in Astroparticle and Underground Physics, TAUP 2007 - Sendai , Japan
Duration: Sep 11 2007Sep 15 2007

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    Acernese, F., Alshourbagy, M., Amico, P., Antonucci, F., Aoudia, S., Astone, P., Avino, S., Baggio, L., Barone, F., Barsotti, L., Barsuglia, M., Bauer, T. S., Bigotta, S., Birindelli, S., Bizouard, M., Boccara, C., Bondu, F., Bosi, L., Braccini, S., ... Yvert, M. (2008). VIRGO: A large interferometer for gravitational wave detection started its first scientific run. Journal of Physics: Conference Series, 120(Part 3), [032007]. https://doi.org/10.1088/1742-6596/120/3/032007