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Coating-Free Mirrors for Ultra-Sensitive Interferometry

Cumpston, Jeff


Thermodynamical fluctuations impose random noise on the position of optical components. It is predicted that this thermal noise will limit the sensitivity of interferometric gravitational-wave detectors in their most sensitive frequency band. Thermal noise originating from optical coatings was first considered in the context of interferometric gravitational wave detectors. Its true significance was, however, only revealed after Y. Levin introduced a new method in 1998 to calculate the...[Show more]

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Date published: 2006
Type: Thesis (Honours)


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