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Australia's role in gravitational wave detection


Jacob, JS and Barriga, P and Blair, DG and Brooks, A and Burman, R and Burston, R and Chan, L and Chan, XT and Chin, EJ and Chow, J and Coward, D and Cusack, B and de Vine, G and Degallaix, J and Dumas, JC and Faulkner, A and Garoi, F and Gras, S and Gray, M and Hamilton, M and Herne, M and Hollitt, CP and Hosken, D and Howell, E and Ju, L and Kelly, T and Lee, B and Lee, CY and Lee, KT and Lun, A and McClelland, D and McKenzie, K and Mow-Lowry, C and Mudge, D and Munch, J and Paget, D and Schediwy, S and Scott, S and Searle, A and Sheard, B and Slagmolen, B and Veitch, P and Winterflood, J and Woolley, A and Yan, Z and Zhao, C, Australia's role in gravitational wave detection, Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia, 20, (3) pp. 223-241. ISSN 1323-3580 (2003) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1071/AS03036


An enormous effort is underway worldwide to attempt to detect gravitational waves. If successful, this will open a new frontier in astronomy. An essential portion of this effort is being carried out in Australia by the Australian Consortium for Interferometric Gravitational Astronomy (ACIGA), with research teams working at the Australia National University, University of Western Australia, and University of Adelaide involving scientists and students representing many more institutions and nations. ACIGA is developing ultrastable high-power continuous-wave lasers for the next generation interferometric gravity wave detectors; researching the problems associated with high optical power in resonant cavities; opening frontiers in advanced interferometry configurations, quantum optics, and signal extraction; and is the world's leader in high-performance vibration isolation and suspension design. ACIGA has also been active in theoretical research and modelling of potential astronomical gravitational wave sources, and in developing data analysis detection algorithms. ACIGA has opened a research facility north of Perth, Western Australia, which will be the culmination of these efforts. This paper briefly reviews ACIGA's research activities and the prospects for gravitational wave astronomy in the southern hemisphere. © Astronomical Society of Australia 2003.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Physical Sciences
Research Group:Astronomical sciences
Research Field:Galactic astronomy
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the physical sciences
UTAS Author:Hollitt, CP (Mr Christopher Hollitt)
ID Code:35966
Year Published:2003
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Physics
Deposited On:2005-09-21
Last Modified:2018-05-21

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