Prospects of higher-order Laguerre-Gauss modes in future gravitational wave detectors

S. Chelkowski, S. Hild, A. Freise

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The application of higher-order Laguerre-Gauss (LG) modes in large-scale gravitational wave detectors has recently been proposed. In comparison to the fundamental mode, some higher-order Laguerre-Gauss modes can significantly reduce the contribution of coating Brownian noise. Using frequency domain simulations we give a detailed analysis of the longitudinal and angular control signals derived with a LG33 mode in comparison to the fundamental transverse electromagnetic TEM00 mode. The performance regarding interferometric sensing and control of the LG33 mode is found to be similar, if not even better in all aspects of interest. In addition, we evaluate the sensitivity gain of the implementation of LG33 modes into the Advanced Virgo instrument. Our analysis shows that the application of the LG33 mode results in a broadband improvement of the Advanced Virgo sensitivity, increasing the potential detection rate of binary neutron star inspirals by a factor 2.1. © 2009 The American Physical Society.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jun 2009
Externally publishedYes


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