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Title: Quantum noise reduction for gravitational wave detectors : developing realistic interferometer schemes
Author: Wang, Mengyao
ISNI:       0000 0004 2749 2420
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2013
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Gravitational waves are a predication of Einstein's theory of general relativity. After nearly 50 years of effort by the scientific community to construct a detector capable of directly measuring gravitational waves, we expect a breakthrough, the first ever direct measurement of a gravitational wave within the next 5 years. The Advanced LIGO detectors currently under construction are predicted to achieve not only the first detection but to open the field of gravitational-wave astronomy: as an observational window on astrophysics and with an impart on other areas such as cosmology, strong-field gravity, general relativity, and nuclear physics. The Advanced LIGO detectors are large-scale laser interferometers that have been designed for very low technical noise so that quantum noise will be limiting their sensitivity over a wide range of their spectrum. Planning for future gravitational wave observatories is already underway and reducing the fundamental quantum noise is considered to be one of the main experimental challenges. My work over the last 4 years has focused on possible new techniques to reduce or circumvent the quantum noise in laser interferometers.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: QC Physics