Detector description and performance for the first coincidence observations between LIGO and GEO

B Abbott, R Abbott, R Adhikar, A Ageev, B Allen, R Amin, SB Anderson, WG Anderson, M Araya, H Armandula, F Asiri, P Aufmuth, C Aulbert, S Babak, R Balasubramanian, Philip Charlton

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Abstract

For 17 days in August and September 2002, the LIGO and GEO interferometer gravitational wave detectors were operated in coincidence to produce their first data for scientific analysis. Although the detectors were still far from their design sensitivity levels, the data can be used to place better upper limits on the flux of gravitational waves incident on the earth than previous direct measurements. This paper describes the instruments and the data in some detail, as a companion to analysis papers based on the first data.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)154-179
Number of pages26
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment
Volume517
Issue number1-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2004

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    Abbott, B., Abbott, R., Adhikar, R., Ageev, A., Allen, B., Amin, R., Anderson, SB., Anderson, WG., Araya, M., Armandula, H., Asiri, F., Aufmuth, P., Aulbert, C., Babak, S., Balasubramanian, R., & Charlton, P. (2004). Detector description and performance for the first coincidence observations between LIGO and GEO. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment, 517(1-3), 154-179. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nima.2003.11.124