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GEO600: building a gravitational wave observatory

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Hewitson,  Martin
Observational Relativity and Cosmology, AEI-Hannover, MPI for Gravitational Physics, Max Planck Society;

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Hewitson, M., & for the LIGO Scientific Collaboration (2005). GEO600: building a gravitational wave observatory. Proceedings of Science, 031.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0013-4F9D-6
Abstract
An international network of laser-interferometric gravitational wave detectors is nearing the end of the main commissioning phase and will soon enter into an extended observational period, collecting data for a duration of order one year. This article outlines the construction, design and commissioning of the GEO600 gravitational wave observatory. GEO600 is a laserinterferometric gravitational wave detector which has 600m long arms and uses advanced optical and suspension techniques to achieve a sensitivity comparable to the longer base-line detectors currently operating in the U.S.A and Europe.