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Analysis of light noise sources in a recycled Michelson interferometer with Fabry-Perot arms

Camp, J. B. and Yamamoto, H. and Whitcomb, S. E. and McClelland, D. E. (2000) Analysis of light noise sources in a recycled Michelson interferometer with Fabry-Perot arms. Journal of the Optical Society of America A, 17 (1). pp. 120-128. ISSN 1084-7529.

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We present a method by which the effect of laser field variations on the signal output of an interferometric gravitational wave detector is rigorously determined. Using the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) optical configuration of a power recycled Michelson interferometer with Fabry-Perot arm cavities as an example, we calculate the excess noise after the input filter cavity (mode cleaner) and the dependence of the detector strain sensitivity on laser frequency and amplitude noise, radio frequency oscillator noise, and scattered-light phase noise. We find that noise on the radio frequency sidebands generally limits the detectors sensitivity.

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Additional Information:© 2000 Optical Society of America Received March 29, 1999; revised manuscript received September 14, 1999; accepted September 15, 1999 The authors acknowledge the seminal work of Rainer Weiss and Martin Regehr in analyzing the noise performance of the interferometer configuration studied in this research. Albert Lazzarini provided useful comments regarding the manuscript. This research was supported by the National Science Foundation under cooperative agreement PHY-9210038.
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