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Abbott, B. P. and Abbott, R. and Adhikari, Rana X. and Ajith, P and Allen, B. and Allen, G. and Amin, R. S. and Anderson, S. B. and Anderson, W. G. and Arain, M. A. and Araya, M. and Armandula, H. and Armor, P. and Aso, Y. and Aston, S. and Aufmuth, P. and Aulbert, C. and Babak, S. and Baker, P. and Ballmer, S. and Barker, C. and Barker, D. and Barr, B. and Barriga, P. and Barsotti, L. and Barton, M. A. and Bartos, I. and Bassiri, R. and Bastarrika, M. and Behnke, B. and Benacquista, M. and Betzwieser, J. and Beyersdorf, P. T. and Bilenko, I. A. and Billingsley, G. and Biswas, R. and Black, E. and Blackburn, J. K. and Blackburn, L. and Blair, D. and Bland, B. and Bodiya, T. P. and Bogue, L. and Bork, R. and Boschi, V. and Bose, S. and Brady, P. R. and Braginsky, V. B. and Brau, J. E. and Bridges , D. O. and Brinkmann, M. and Brooks, A. F. and Brown, D. A. and Brummit, A. and Brunet, G. and Bullington, A. and Buonanno, A. and Burmeister, O. and Byer, R. L. and Cadonati, L. and Camp, J. B. and Cannizzo, J. and Cannon, K. C. and Cao, J. and Cardenas, L. and Caride, S. and Castaldi, G. and Caudill, S. and Cavaglià, M. and Cepeda, C. and Chalermsongsak, T. and Chalkley, E. and Charlton, P. and Chatterji, S. and Chelkowski, S. and Chen, Yanbei and Christensen, N. and Chung, C. T. Y and Clark, D. and Clark, J. and Clayton, J. H. and Cokelaer, T. and Colacino, C. N. and Conte, R. and Cook, D. and Corbitt, T. R. C. and Cornish, N. and Coward, D. and Coyne, D. C. and Creighton, J. D. E. and Creighton, T. D. and Cruise, A. M. and Culter, R. M. and Cumming, A. and Cunningham, L. and Danilishin, S. L. and Danzmann, K. and Daudert, B. and Davies, G. and Daw, E. J. and DeBra, D. and Degallaix, J. and Dergachev, V. and Desai, S. and DeSalvo, R. and Dhurandhar, S. and Díaz, M. and Dietz, A. and Donovan, F. and Dooley, K. L. and Doomes, E. E. and Drever, R. W. P. and Dueck, J. and Duke, I. and Dumas, J.-C. and Dwyer, J. G. and Echols, C. and Edgar, M. and Effler, A. and Ehrens, P. and Espinoza, E. and Etzel, T. and Evans, M. and Evans, T. and Fairhurst, S. and Faltas, Y. and Fan, Y. and Fazi, D. and Fehrmenn, H. and Finn, L. S. and Flasch, K. and Foley, S. and Forrest, C. and Fotopoulos, N. and Franzen, A. and Frede, M. and Frei, M. and Frei, Z. and Freise, A. and Frey, R. and Fricke, T. and Fritschel, P. and Frolov, V. V. and Fyffe, M. and Galdi, V. and Garofoli, J. A. and Gholami, I. and Giaime, J. A. and Giampanis, S. and Giardina, K. D. and Goda, K. and Goetz, E. and Goggin, L. M. and González, G. and Gorodetsky, M. L. and Goßler, S. and Gouaty, R. and Grant, A. and Gras, S. and Gray, C. and Gray, M. and Greenhalgh, R. J. S. and Gretarsson, A. M. and Grimaldi, F. and Grosso, R. and Grote, H. and Grunewald, S. and Guenther, M. and Gustafson, E. K. and Gustafson, R. and Hage, B. and Hallam, J. M. and Hammer, D. and Hammond, G. D. and Hanna, C. and Hanson, J. and Harms, J. and Harry, G. 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J. and Wallace, L. and Ward, R. L. and Weidner, A. and Weinert, M. and Weiss, R. and Wen, L. and Wen, S. and Wette, K. and Whelan, J. T. and Whitcomb, S. E. and Whiting, B. F. and Wilkinson, C. and Willems, P. A. and Williams, H. R. and Williams, L. and Willke, B. and Wilmut, I. and Winkelmann, L. and Winkler, W. and Wipf, C. C. and Wiseman, A. G. and Woan, G. and Wooley, R. and Worden, J. and Wu, W. and Yakushin, I. and Yamamoto, H. and Yan, Z. and Yoshida, S. and Zanolin, M. and Zhang, J. and Zhang, L. and Zhao, C. and Zotov, N. and Zucker, M. E. and zur-Mühlen, H. and Zweizig, J. and Weinstein, Alan J. (2009) LIGO: the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory. Reports on Progress in Physics, 72 (7). Art. No. 076901. ISSN 0034-4885. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20090925-102147548

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Abstract

The goal of the Laser Interferometric Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) is to detect and study gravitational waves (GWs) of astrophysical origin. Direct detection of GWs holds the promise of testing general relativity in the strong-field regime, of providing a new probe of exotic objects such as black holes and neutron stars and of uncovering unanticipated new astrophysics. LIGO, a joint Caltech–MIT project supported by the National Science Foundation, operates three multi-kilometer interferometers at two widely separated sites in the United States. These detectors are the result of decades of worldwide technology development, design, construction and commissioning. They are now operating at their design sensitivity, and are sensitive to gravitational wave strains smaller than one part in 10^(21). With this unprecedented sensitivity, the data are being analyzed to detect or place limits on GWs from a variety of potential astrophysical sources.


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Adhikari, Rana X.0000-0002-5731-5076
Billingsley, G.0000-0002-4141-2744
Kalogera, V.0000-0001-9236-5469
Kanner, J.0000-0001-8115-0577
Kozak, D.0000-0003-3118-8950
Mueller, G.0000-0001-8010-742X
Nishizawa, A.0000-0003-3562-0990
Quetschke, V.0000-0002-8012-4868
Tanner, D. B.0000-0003-1940-4710
Vallisneri, M.0000-0002-4162-0033
Zucker, M. E.0000-0002-2544-1596
Zweizig, J.0000-0002-1521-3397
Weinstein, Alan J.0000-0002-0928-6784
Additional Information:© 2009 IOP Publishing Ltd. Received 2 March 2009, in final form 1 May 2009. Published 30 June 2009. The authors gratefully acknowledge the support of the United States National Science Foundation for the construction and operation of the LIGO Laboratory and the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council of the UK, the Max-Planck- Society and the State of Niedersachsen/Germany for support of the construction and operation of the GEO600 detector. The authors also gratefully acknowledge the support of the research by these agencies and by the Australian Research Council, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research of India, the Department of Science and Technology of India, the Spanish Ministerio de Educacion y Ciencia, The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Leverhulme Trust, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Research Corporation and the Alfred P Sloan Foundation.
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Official Citation:LIGO: the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory B P Abbott, R Abbott, R Adhikari, P Ajith, B Allen, G Allen, R S Amin, S B Anderson, W G Anderson, M A Arain, M Araya, H Armandula, P Armor, Y Aso, S Aston, P Aufmuth, C Aulbert, S Babak, P Baker, S Ballmer, C Barker, D Barker, B Barr, P Barriga, L Barsotti, M A Barton, I Bartos, R Bassiri, M Bastarrika, B Behnke, M Benacquista, J Betzwieser, P T Beyersdorf, I A Bilenko, G Billingsley, R Biswas, E Black, J K Blackburn, L Blackburn, D Blair, B Bland, T P Bodiya, L Bogue, R Bork, V Boschi, S Bose, P R Brady, V B Braginsky, J E Brau, D O Bridges, M Brinkmann, A F Brooks, D A Brown, A Brummit, G Brunet, A Bullington, A Buonanno, O Burmeister, R L Byer, L Cadonati, J B Camp, J Cannizzo, K C Cannon, J Cao, L Cardenas, S Caride, G Castaldi, S Caudill, M Cavaglià, C Cepeda, T Chalermsongsak, E Chalkley, P Charlton, S Chatterji, S Chelkowski, Y Chen, N Christensen, C T Y Chung, D Clark, J Clark, J H Clayton, T Cokelaer, C N Colacino, R Conte, D Cook, T R C Corbitt, N Cornish, D Coward, D C Coyne, J D E Creighton, T D Creighton, A M Cruise, R M Culter, A Cumming, L Cunningham, S L Danilishin, K Danzmann, B Daudert, G Davies, E J Daw, D DeBra, J Degallaix, V Dergachev, S Desai, R DeSalvo, S Dhurandhar, M Díaz, A Dietz, F Donovan, K L Dooley, E E Doomes, R W P Drever, J Dueck, I Duke, J-C Dumas, J G Dwyer, C Echols, M Edgar, A Effler, P Ehrens, E Espinoza, T Etzel, M Evans, T Evans, S Fairhurst, Y Faltas, Y Fan, D Fazi, H Fehrmenn, L S Finn, K Flasch, S Foley, C Forrest, N Fotopoulos, A Franzen, M Frede, M Frei, Z Frei, A Freise, R Frey, T Fricke, P Fritschel, V V Frolov, M Fyffe, V Galdi, J A Garofoli, I Gholami, J A Giaime, S Giampanis, K D Giardina, K Goda, E Goetz, L M Goggin, G González, M L Gorodetsky, S Goßler, R Gouaty, A Grant, S Gras, C Gray, M Gray, R J S Greenhalgh, A M Gretarsson, F Grimaldi, R Grosso, H Grote, S Grunewald, M Guenther, E K Gustafson, R Gustafson, B Hage, J M Hallam, D Hammer, G D Hammond, C Hanna, J Hanson, J Harms, G M Harry, I W Harry, E D Harstad, K Haughian, K Hayama, J Heefner, I S Heng, A Heptonstall, M Hewitson, S Hild, E Hirose, D Hoak, K A Hodge, K Holt, D J Hosken, J Hough, D Hoyland, B Hughey, S H Huttner, D R Ingram, T Isogai, M Ito, A Ivanov, B Johnson, W W Johnson, D I Jones, G Jones, R Jones, L Ju, P Kalmus, V Kalogera, S Kandhasamy, J Kanner, D Kasprzyk, E Katsavounidis, K Kawabe, S Kawamura, F Kawazoe, W Kells, D G Keppel, A Khalaidovski, F Y Khalili, R Khan, E Khazanov, P King, J S Kissel, S Klimenko, K Kokeyama, V Kondrashov, R Kopparapu, S Koranda, D Kozak, B Krishnan, R Kumar, P Kwee, P K Lam, M Landry, B Lantz, A Lazzarini, H Lei, M Lei, N Leindecker, I Leonor, C Li, H Lin, P E Lindquist, T B Littenberg, N A Lockerbie, D Lodhia, M Longo, M Lormand, P Lu, M Lubinski, A Lucianetti, H Lück, B Machenschalk, M MacInnis, M Mageswaran, K Mailand, I Mandel, V Mandic, S Márka, Z Márka, A Markosyan, J Markowitz, E Maros, I W Martin, R M Martin, J N Marx, K Mason, F Matichard, L Matone, R A Matzner, N Mavalvala, R McCarthy, D E McClelland, S C McGuire, M McHugh, G McIntyre, D J A McKechan, K McKenzie, M Mehmet, A Melatos, A C Melissinos, D F Menéndez, G Mendell, R A Mercer, S Meshkov, C Messenger, M S Meyer, J Miller, J Minelli, Y Mino, V P Mitrofanov, G Mitselmakher, R Mittleman, O Miyakawa, B Moe, S D Mohanty, S R P Mohapatra, G Moreno, T Morioka, K Mors, K Mossavi, C MowLowry, G Mueller, H Müller-Ebhardt, D Muhammad, S Mukherjee, H Mukhopadhyay, A Mullavey, J Munch, P G Murray, E Myers, J Myers, T Nash, J Nelson, G Newton, A Nishizawa, K Numata, J O'Dell, B O'Reilly, R O'Shaughnessy, E Ochsner, G H Ogin, D J Ottaway, R S Ottens, H Overmier, B J Owen, Y Pan, C Pankow, M A Papa, V Parameshwaraiah, P Patel, M Pedraza, S Penn, A Perraca, V Pierro, I M Pinto, M Pitkin, H J Pletsch, M V Plissi, F Postiglione, M Principe, R Prix, L Prokhorov, O Punken, V Quetschke, F J Raab, D S Rabeling, H Radkins, P Raffai, Z Raics, N Rainer, M Rakhmanov, V Raymond, C M Reed, T Reed, H Rehbein, S Reid, D H Reitze, R Riesen, K Riles, B Rivera, P Roberts, N A Robertson, C Robinson, E L Robinson, S Roddy, C Röver, J Rollins, J D Romano, J H Romie, S Rowan, A Rüdiger, P Russell, K Ryan, S Sakata, L Sancho de la Jordana, V Sandberg, V Sannibale, L Santamaría, S Saraf, P Sarin, B S Sathyaprakash, S Sato, M Satterthwaite, P R Saulson, R Savage, P Savov, M Scanlan, R Schilling, R Schnabel, R Schofield, B Schulz, B F Schutz, P Schwinberg, J Scott, S M Scott, A C Searle, B Sears, F Seifert, D Sellers, A S Sengupta, A Sergeev, B Shapiro, P Shawhan, D H Shoemaker, A Sibley, X Siemens, D Sigg, S Sinha, A M Sintes, B J J Slagmolen, J Slutsky, J R Smith, M R Smith, N D Smith, K Somiya, B Sorazu, A Stein, L C Stein, S Steplewski, A Stochino, R Stone, K A Strain, S Strigin, A Stroeer, A L Stuver, T Z Summerscales, K-X Sun, M Sung, P J Sutton, G P Szokoly, D Talukder, L Tang, D B Tanner, S P Tarabrin, J R Taylor, R Taylor, J Thacker, K A Thorne, A Thüring, K V Tokmakov, C Torres, C Torrie, G Traylor, M Trias, D Ugolini, J Ulmen, K Urbanek, H Vahlbruch, M Vallisneri, C Van Den Broeck, M V van der Sluys, A A van Veggel, S Vass, R Vaulin, A Vecchio, J Veitch, P Veitch, C Veltkamp, A Villar, C Vorvick, S P Vyachanin, S J Waldman, L Wallace, R L Ward, A Weidner, M Weinert, A J Weinstein, R Weiss, L Wen, S Wen, K Wette, J T Whelan, S E Whitcomb, B F Whiting, C Wilkinson, P A Willems, H R Williams, L Williams, B Willke, I Wilmut, L Winkelmann, W Winkler, C C Wipf, A G Wiseman, G Woan, R Wooley, J Worden, W Wu, I Yakushin, H Yamamoto, Z Yan, S Yoshida, M Zanolin, J Zhang, L Zhang, C Zhao, N Zotov, M E Zucker, H zur Mühlen and J Zweizig 2009 Rep. 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