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Space gravitational wave detector DECIGO/pre-DECIGO
Author(s): Mitsuru Musha

Paper Abstract

The gravitational wave (GW) is ripples in gravitational fields caused by the motion of mass such as inspiral and merger of blackhole binaries or explosion of super novae, which was predicted by A.Einstein in his general theory of relativity. In Japan, besides the ground-base GW detector, KAGRA, the space gravitational wave detector, DECIGO, is also promoted for detecting GW at lower frequency range. DECIGO (DECi-heltz Gravitational-wave Observatory) consists of 3 satellites, forming a 1000-km triangle-shaped Fabry-Perot laser interferometer whose designed strain sensitivity is ?l/l < 10-24 /?Hz at the observation band between 0.1 and 1 Hz, and is planed to be launched in 2030s. Before launching DECIGO, we planned a milestone mission for DECIGO named Pre-DECIGO, which has almost the same configuration as DECIGO with shorter arm length of 100 km. Pre-DECIGO is aimed for detecting GW from merger of blackhole binaries with less sensitivity as DECIGO, and also for feasibility test of key technologies for realizing DECIGO. Pre-DECIGO is now under designing and developing for launching in late 2020s, with the financial support of JAXA and JSPS. In our presentation, we will review DECIGO project, and show the design and current status of Pre-DECIGO.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 September 2017
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 10562, International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2016, 105623T (25 September 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2296050
Show Author Affiliations
Mitsuru Musha, The Univ. of Electro-Communications (Japan)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10562:
International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2016
Bruno Cugny; Nikos Karafolas; Zoran Sodnik, Editor(s)

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