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Design Aspects Of A Laser Gravitational Wave Detector In Space
Author(s): Rudolf Decher; Joseph L. Randall; Peter L. Bender; James E. Faller
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Paper Abstract

Some of the optical and mechanical aspects of a proposed laser gravitational wave antenna in space are discussed briefly. The proposed concept consists of a free-mass antenna with the test masses separated by 106 km. A laser heterodyne technique is used to measure the distance change between test masses resulting from gravitational wave interaction. The proposed scheme appears to offer the necessary sensitivity to detect gravitational radiation from binary stars predicted by General Relativity Theory.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 August 1980
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 0228, Active Optical Devices and Applications, (15 August 1980); doi: 10.1117/12.958779
Show Author Affiliations
Rudolf Decher, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (United States)
Joseph L. Randall, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (United States)
Peter L. Bender, Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics (United States)
James E. Faller, Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0228:
Active Optical Devices and Applications
William J. Cuneo, Editor(s)

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