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The Detection of Gravitational Waves

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D. G. Blair, W. O. Hamilton, J. Ferreirinko, J. P. Richard, P. J. Veitch, K. Tsubono, G. V. Paalottino, W. Winkler, R. W. P. Drever, J. Hough, N. A. Robertson, A. Brillet, B. F. Schutz, R. W. Hellings
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  • Date Published: October 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521021029

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  • This book introduces the concepts of gravitational waves within the context of general relativity. The sources of gravitational radiation for which there is direct observational evidence and those of a more speculative nature are described. He then gives a general introduction to the methods of detection. In the subsequent chapters he has drawn together the leading scientists in the field to give a comprehensive practical and theoretical account of the physics and technology of gravitational wave detection.

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    "...provides an informative and useful presentation of many of the technical issues associated with the field, written for experts and in the language of the field." Rainer Weiss, Nature

    "Together these chapters give a fairly complete description of the state of the art of constructing gravitational wave detectors of all varieties. There is much of value here, some of it difficult to find in print elsewhere....the volume addresses an unmet need." Peter R. Saulson, Science

    "...if you run a gravitational-wave group, a good way to start off a new staff member or graduate student might be to hand her this book with instructions to come back in a month. A theorist wishing to gain a thorough understanding of the experimental issues in gravitational-wave detection could also profit from this volume. In addition, anyone interested in sensitive mechanical measurements or in optical interferometry would do well to consult this book...." Carlton M. Caves, Physics Today

    "...not only provides a clear understanding of the present state of the art, for resonant bar antennas as well as for laser interferometers and space experiments, but it also gives the `textbook' foundations required for the newcomer to enter this field of research....useful to the researcher and the student alike." G. V. Pallottino, Space Science Reviews

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    • Date Published: October 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521021029
    • length: 508 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 190 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.799kg
    • contains: 150 b/w illus. 15 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. An Introduction to Gravitational Waves and Methods for their Detection:
    1. Gravitational waves in general relativity D. G. Blair
    2. Sources of gravitational waves D. G. Blair
    3. Gravitational wave detectors D. G. Blair
    Part II. Gravitational Wave Detectors:
    4. Resonant-bar detectors D. G. Blair
    5. Gravity wave dewars W. O. Hamilton
    6. Internal friction in high Q materials J. Ferreirinko
    7. Motion amplifiers and passive transducers J. P. Richard
    8. Parametric transducers P. J. Veitch
    9. Detection of continuous waves K. Tsubono
    10. Data analysis and algorithms for gravitational wave-antennas G. V. Paalottino
    Part III. Laser Interferometer Antennas:
    11. A Michelson interferometer using delay lines W. Winkler
    12. Fabry-Perot cavity gravity-wave detectors R. W. P. Drever
    13. The stabilisation of lasers for interferometric gravitational wave detectors J. Hough
    14. Vibration isolation for the test masses in interferometric gravitational wave detectors N. A. Robertson
    15. Advanced techniques A. Brillet
    16. Data processing, analysis and storage for interferometric antennas B. F. Schutz
    17. Gravitational wave detection at low and very low frequencies R. W. Hellings.

  • Editor

    David G. Blair, University of Western Australia, Perth


    D. G. Blair, W. O. Hamilton, J. Ferreirinko, J. P. Richard, P. J. Veitch, K. Tsubono, G. V. Paalottino, W. Winkler, R. W. P. Drever, J. Hough, N. A. Robertson, A. Brillet, B. F. Schutz, R. W. Hellings

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