Interferometric gravitational-wave detectors, such as the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) detectors currently under construction, are based on kilometer-scale Michelson interferometers, with sensitivity that is enhanced by addition of multiple coupled optical resonators. Reducing the relative optic motions to bring the system to the resonant operating point is a significant challenge. We present a new approach to lock acquisition, used to lock a LIGO interferometer, whereby the sensor transformation matrix is dynamically calculated to sequentially bring the cavities into resonance.
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(120.2230) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Fabry-Perot
(120.3180) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Interferometry
(140.4780) Lasers and laser optics : Optical resonators
M. Evans, N. Mavalvala, P. Fritschel, R. Bork, B. Bhawal, R. Gustafson, W. Kells, M. Landry, D. Sigg, R. Weiss, S. Whitcomb, and H. Yamamoto, "Lock acquisition of a gravitational-wave interferometer," Opt. Lett. 27, 598-600 (2002)