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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 13, Iss. 18 — Sep. 5, 2005
  • pp: 7118–7132

Beam jitter coupling in advanced LIGO

Guido Mueller  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 13, Issue 18, pp. 7118-7132 (2005)

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Fluctuations in the position or propagation direction of the laser beam (beam jitter) is one of the most critical technical noise sources in an interferometric gravitational wave detector. These fluctuations couple to spurious misalignments of the mirrors forming the interferometer and potentially decrease the sensitivity. In this paper we calculate the transfer function of beam jitter into the gravitational wave channel for the Advanced LIGO detector and derive a first expression for the requirements on beam jitter for Advanced LIGO.

© 2005 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(120.2230) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Fabry-Perot
(120.3180) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Interferometry
(350.1260) Other areas of optics : Astronomical optics
(350.4600) Other areas of optics : Optical engineering

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Research Papers

Original Manuscript: August 2, 2005
Revised Manuscript: August 19, 2005
Published: September 5, 2005

Guido Mueller, "Beam jitter coupling in advanced LIGO," Opt. Express 13, 7118-7132 (2005)

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