Living Reviews in Relativity: “Interferometer Techniques for Gravitational-Wave Detection”

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Living Reviews in Relativity
ISSN: 1433-8351

Today, Living Reviews in Relativity has published a new review article on “Interferometer Techniques for Gravitational-Wave Detection” by Andreas Freise and Kenneth A. Strain.

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Please, note also the latest revision of the review on “Critical Phenomena in Gravitational Collapse” by Carsten Gundlach and José M. Martín-García (

PUB.NO. lrr-2010-1
Strain, Kenneth A. and Freise, Andreas
“Interferometer Techniques for Gravitational-Wave Detection”

ACCEPTED: 2010-02-15
PUBLISHED: 2010-02-25


Several km-scale gravitational wave detectors have been constructed world wide. These instruments combine a number of advanced technologies to push the limits of precision length measurement. The core devices are laser interferometers of a new kind; developed from the classical Michelson topology these interferometers integrate additional optical elements which significantly change the properties of the optical system. Much of the design and analysis of these laser interferometers can be performed using well-known classical optical techniques, however, the complex optical layouts provide a new challenge. In this review we give a textbook style introduction to the optical science required for the understanding of modern gravitational wave detectors, as well as other high-precision laser interferometers. In addition, we provide a number of examples for a freely available interferometer simulation software and encourage the reader to use these examples to gain hands-on experience with the discussed optical methods.