The third generation of gravitational wave observatories, with the aim of providing 100 times better sensitivity than currently operating interferometers, is expected to establish the evolving field of gravitational wave astronomy. A key element, required to achieve this ambitious sensitivity goal, is the exploration of new interferometer geometries, topologies and configurations. In this article we review the current status of the ongoing design work for third-generation gravitational wave observatories. The main focus is the evaluation of the detector geometry and detector topology. In addition we discuss some promising detector configurations and potential noise reduction schemes.
|Number of pages||31|
|Journal||General Relativity and Gravitation|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Feb 2011|
- Gravitational wave detector
- Laser interferometer
- Optical design
- THERMAL NOISE