Commissioning, characterization and operation of the dual-recycled GEO 600

J.R. Smith, B. Allen, P. Aufmuth, C. Aulbert, S. Babak, R. Balasubramanian, B.W. Barr, S. Berukoff, A. Bunkowski, G. Cagnoli, C.A. Cantley, M.M. Casey, S. Chelkowski, D. Churches, T. Cokelaer, C.N. Colacino, D.R.M. Crooks, C. Cutler, K. Danzmann, R. DaviesR.J. Dupuis, E. Elliffe, C. Fallnich, A. Franzen, A. Freise, S. Goßler, A. Grant, H. Grote, S. Grunewald, J. Harms, G. Heinzel, I.S. Heng, A. Hepstonstall, M. Heurs, M. Hewitson, S. Hild, J. Hough, Y. Itoh, R. Jones, S.H. Huttner, K. Kawabe, C. Killow, K. Kötter, B. Krishnan, V. Leonhardt, H. Lück, B. Machenschalk, M. Malec, R.A. Mercer, C. Messenger, S. Mohanty, K. Mossavi, S. Mukherjee, P. Murray, S. Nagano, G.P. Newton, M.A. Papa, M. Perreur-Lloyd, M. Pitkin, M.V. Plissi, V. Quetschke, V. Re, S. Reid, L. Ribichini, D.I. Robertson, N.A. Robertson, J.D. Romano, S. Rowan, A. Rüdiger, B.S. Sathyaprakash, R. Schilling, R. Schnabel, B.F. Schutz, F. Seifert, A.M. Sintes, P.H. Sneddon, K.A. Strain, I. Taylor, R. Taylor, A. Thüring, C. Ungarelli, H. Vahlbruch, A. Vecchio, J. Veitch, H. Ward, U. Weiland, H. Welling, P. Williams, B. Willke, W. Winkler, G. Woan, I. Zawischa

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The German-British laser-interferometric gravitational-wave detector GEO 600 is currently being commissioned as part of a worldwide network of gravitational-wave detectors. GEO 600 recently became the first kilometre-scale interferometer to employ dual recycling - an optical configuration that combines power recycling and signal recycling. We present a brief overview of the commissioning of this dual-recycled interferometer, the performance results achieved during a subsequent extended data-taking period, and the plans intended to bring GEO 600 to its final configuration.
Original languageEnglish
JournalClassical and Quantum Gravity
Issue number20 SPEC. ISS.
Publication statusPublished - 21 Oct 2004
Externally publishedYes


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