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Australia's Role in Gravitational Wave Detection

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  05 March 2013

John S. Jacob
Affiliation:
School of Physics, University of Western Australia, Perth.
Pablo Barriga
Affiliation:
School of Physics, University of Western Australia, Perth.
David G. Blair
Affiliation:
School of Physics, University of Western Australia, Perth.
Aidan Brooks
Affiliation:
Department of Physics, University of Adelaide, Adelaide.
Ron Burman
Affiliation:
School of Physics, University of Western Australia, Perth.
Raymond Burston
Affiliation:
Department of Mathematics, Monash University, Melbourne.
Lee Chan
Affiliation:
School of Physics, University of Western Australia, Perth.
XiuTing Chan
Affiliation:
School of Physics, University of Western Australia, Perth.
Eu-Jeen Chin
Affiliation:
School of Physics, University of Western Australia, Perth.
Jong Chow
Affiliation:
Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Australian National University, Canberra.
David Coward
Affiliation:
School of Physics, University of Western Australia, Perth.
Benedict Cusack
Affiliation:
Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Australian National University, Canberra.
Glen de Vine
Affiliation:
Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Australian National University, Canberra.
Jerome Degallaix
Affiliation:
School of Physics, University of Western Australia, Perth.
Jean-Charles Dumas
Affiliation:
School of Physics, University of Western Australia, Perth.
Angus Faulkner
Affiliation:
School of Physics, University of Western Australia, Perth.
Florin Garoi
Affiliation:
School of Physics, University of Western Australia, Perth.
Slawomir Gras
Affiliation:
School of Physics, University of Western Australia, Perth.
Malcolm Gray
Affiliation:
Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Australian National University, Canberra.
Murray Hamilton
Affiliation:
Department of Physics, University of Adelaide, Adelaide.
Matthew Herne
Affiliation:
School of Physics, University of Western Australia, Perth.
C. Hollitt
Affiliation:
Department of Physics, University of Adelaide, Adelaide.
David Hosken
Affiliation:
Department of Physics, University of Adelaide, Adelaide.
Eric Howell
Affiliation:
School of Physics, University of Western Australia, Perth.
Li Ju
Affiliation:
School of Physics, University of Western Australia, Perth.
T. Kelly
Affiliation:
Department of Physics, University of Adelaide, Adelaide.
Ben Lee
Affiliation:
School of Physics, University of Western Australia, Perth.
Chuen Ying Lee
Affiliation:
School of Computer and Information Science, Edith Cowan University, Perth
Kah Tho Lee
Affiliation:
School of Physics, University of Western Australia, Perth.
Antony Lun
Affiliation:
Department of Mathematics, Monash University, Melbourne.
David McClelland
Affiliation:
Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Australian National University, Canberra.
Kirk McKenzie
Affiliation:
Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Australian National University, Canberra.
C. Mow-Lowry
Affiliation:
Department of Physics, University of Adelaide, Adelaide.
Damien Mudge
Affiliation:
Department of Physics, University of Adelaide, Adelaide.
Jesper Munch
Affiliation:
Department of Physics, University of Adelaide, Adelaide.
Darren Paget
Affiliation:
School of Physics, University of Western Australia, Perth.
Sascha Schediwy
Affiliation:
School of Physics, University of Western Australia, Perth.
Susan Scott
Affiliation:
Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Australian National University, Canberra.
Antony Searle
Affiliation:
Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Australian National University, Canberra.
Ben Sheard
Affiliation:
Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Australian National University, Canberra.
Bram Slagmolen
Affiliation:
Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Australian National University, Canberra.
Peter Veitch
Affiliation:
Department of Physics, University of Adelaide, Adelaide.
John Winterflood
Affiliation:
School of Physics, University of Western Australia, Perth.
Andrew Woolley
Affiliation:
School of Physics, University of Western Australia, Perth.
Zewu Yan
Affiliation:
School of Physics, University of Western Australia, Perth.
Chunnong Zhao
Affiliation:
School of Computer and Information Science, Edith Cowan University, Perth
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Abstract

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.

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Copyright © Astronomical Society of Australia 2003

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