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CIERA Interdisciplinary Colloquium, Joint w/ ECE: Stefan Danilishin: "Measuring Speed"

When: Friday, March 15, 2019
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Central

Where: Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center, 1.230, 2133 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: Free and open to the public. No registration or ticket required.

Contact: CIERA Astrophysics   (847) 491-8646

Group: CIERA - Interdisciplinary Colloquia

Category: Lectures & Meetings


Northwestern University's Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics (CIERA) jointly with the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering presents: a CIERA Interdisciplinary Colloquium

Dr. Stefan Danilishin
Chair, Quantum Noise Workgroup, LIGO
Institute of Theoretical Physics / Institute of Gravitational Physics
Leibniz University Hannover

Talk Title:
Measuring Speed: How to use advanced quantum methods to enhance the sensitivity of future gravitational wave detectors

Talk Abstract:
The recent detections of gravitational waves (GW) from the colliding black hole binaries by the two LIGO interferometers and Virgo interferometer has not only heralded the era of gravitational wave astronomy, but has also emphasized the importance of enhancing the sensitivity of GW instruments in the low frequency band (1-30Hz), containing the lion share of the GW emission spectrum of compact binary sources. In this range of frequencies, the dominant fundamental noise source of the GW interferometers is quantum back-action produced by random fluctuations of light intensity. In my talk I will give an overview of the state of the art of interferometric detection of GWs and will discuss how one can suppress this low frequency component of quantum noise by turning the GW detector into a quantum non-demolition (QND) speed measuring device. I will also tell about different possible realisations of speed meters and discuss the pros and cons of these schemes.

Host: Selim Shahriar

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