by Wm. Robert Johnston

last modified 1 April 2005

Illustration of effect of gravitational waves on test masses. | ||

Animation (.gif) of spatial distortion from a plus-polarized gravitational wave traveling perpendicular to the computer screen. | ||

Animation (.gif) of a cross-polarized gravitational wave. | ||

Animation (.gif) of a circularly-polarized gravitational wave. | ||

Schematic of an interferometer gravitational wave detector such as LIGO. Numbers indicate laser (1), optics (2), beam splitter (3), recycling mirrors (4), end mirrors (5), and detector (6). | ||

Schematic of an interferometer gravitational wave detector, labeled. | ||

Sunset over LIGO-Hanford in Washington state. | ||

Tumbleweed at LIGO-Hanford, with one arm in the background. | ||

Panoramic mosaic of the LIGO-Hanford facility. | ||

Interior of the LVEA at LIGO-Livingston, Lousiana, taken in summer 2001. | ||

View along one arm of LIGO-Livingston. | ||

Graph of strain PSD for noise floor of various gravitational-wave detectors. | ||

Graph of strain PSD for noise floor of various gravitational-wave detectors, IFOs only. | ||

Graph of strain PSD for noise floor of various gravitational-wave detectors. | ||

Graph of strain PSD for predicted/modeled gravity gradient noise for LIGO-Livingston, compared to Advanced LIGO sensitivity. |

© 2001-2005 by Wm. Robert Johnston.

Last modified 1 April 2005.

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