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Published June 2000 | public
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Energetic quantum limit in large-scale interferometers


For each optical topology of an interferometric gravitational wave detector, quantum mechanics dictates a minimum optical power (the "energetic quantum limit") to achieve a given sensitivity. For standard topologies, when one seeks to beat the standard quantum limit by a substantial factor, the energetic quantum limit becomes impossibly large. Intracavity readout schemes may do so with manageable optical powers.

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