Second and Third Generation Gravitational Wave Detectors

11/14/2011 - 4:15pm to 5:15pm
Dr. Stefan Ballmer
Speaker affiliation: 
Syracuse University
76 - 1275

Advanced LIGO, a 2nd generation gravitational wave detector is expected to observe binary mergers out to cosmological distances. It is currently being installed at the LIGO observatories in Louisiana and Washington State. I will discuss the technology required to make Advanced LIGO work and give an update on the installation status. Then I'll explore the science case for a successor of Advanced LIGO. I'll look at the technology required to achieve the exquisite displacement sensitivity required to listen even deeper into the cosmos.

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