Fundamentals of Interferometric Gravitational Wave Detectors by Peter R Saulson

Fundamentals of Interferometric Gravitational Wave Detectors

byPeter R Saulson

Kobo ebook | February 16, 2017

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LIGO's recent discovery of gravitational waves was headline news around the world. Many people will want to understand more about what a gravitational wave is, how LIGO works, and how LIGO functions as a detector of gravitational waves.

This book aims to communicate the basic logic of interferometric gravitational wave detectors to students who are new to the field. It assumes that the reader has a basic knowledge of physics, but no special familiarity with gravitational waves, with general relativity, or with the special techniques of experimental physics. All of the necessary ideas are developed in the book.

The first edition was published in 1994. Since the book is aimed at explaining the physical ideas behind the design of LIGO, it stands the test of time. For the second edition, an Epilogue has been added; it brings the treatment of technical details up to date, and provides references that would allow a student to become proficient with today's designs.


  • The Search for Gravitational Waves
  • The Nature of Gravitational Waves
  • Sources of Gravitational Waves
  • Linear Systems, Signals and Noise
  • Optical Readout Noise
  • Folded Interferometer Arms
  • Thermal Noise
  • Seismic Noise and Vibration Isolation
  • Design Features of Large Interferometers
  • Null Instruments
  • Feedback Control Systems
  • An Interferometer as an Active Null Instrument
  • Resonant Mass Gravitational Wave Detectors
  • Detecting Gravitational Wave Signals
  • Gravitational Wave Astronomy
  • Prospects
  • Epilogue

Readership: Anyone with undergraduate knowledge of physics who wish to know more about the detection of gravitational waves.
Key Features:

  • This book is aimed at beginning-level professions (grad students or other newcomers to gravitational wave detection)
  • It emphasizes the experimental physics aspects and links all of the key ideas to fundamental principles of physics
  • For this second edition, all of the key topics are brought up to date; a brand new set of recent references is provided. Thus, the book can serve as a bridge to carry a student from the basic concepts of gravitational wave detection to readiness to contribute to the progress of the field
Title:Fundamentals of Interferometric Gravitational Wave DetectorsFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:February 16, 2017Publisher:World Scientific Publishing CompanyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:9813146206

ISBN - 13:9789813146204

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