Questions tagged [gravitational-wave-detectors]

A gravitational wave detector is an instrument built for the purpose of direct detection of gravitational waves, most notably, LIGO, Virgo, and the future space-based detector LISA.

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Could a scientist use the internet to detect gravitational waves?

According to my understanding (I'm not a physicist just a fan), LIGO measures the changes in two path's lengths to detect gravitational waves by sending a particle down each path at the constant speed ...
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How do LIGO and Virgo know that a gravitational wave has its origin in a neutron star or a black hole?

It is being said that gravitational-wave detectors are now able to distinguish neutron star waves from those originating from black holes. Two Questions: How do LIGO and Virgo know that a ...
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From a gravitational wave detector perspective, what is the difference between a gravitational wave and a phonon?

I already asked a question but it seemed that it was not precise enough. My problem is that I cannot see how gravitational waves have anything to do with spacetime. An EM wave or a phonon can put ...
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Can the vibrations from the Earth affect gravitational wave detectors?

I was very interested in gravitational wave detectors and how they work exactly. From what I know they set up two lasers with mirrors set up to cancel each other out. Then if movement is detected from ...
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Pendulum usage in gravitational wave detectors

I've read that pendulums are (or were) used to calibrate the distance between the mirrors in a gravitational wave detector. In principle pendulums are supposed to be moving in just one plane no matter ...
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Could LIGO detect two simultaneous gravitational waves?

Hypothetically if two (or more) gravitational waves were passing through the LIGO detector at the same instant, can the LIGO team deduce from the data that there were two simultaneous waves passing? ...
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Is it possible that the LIGO results are anomalies? [duplicate]

Since it was reported recently that the supermassive black holes at the centres of galaxies may in fact be as many as 20,000 smaller black holes I wondered if, if these black holes collide with one ...
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Sudden doubt about the principle behind Gravitational waves detection

From Wikipedia: "Feynman’s gravitational wave detector: It is simply two beads sliding freely (but with a small amount of friction) on a rigid rod. As the wave passes over the rod, atomic forces ...
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Will gravitational wave detectors be able to locate black hole collisions in time to view them?

Can a single LIGO identify the general direction of a black hole collision? Could multiple observatories be able to accurately pinpoint the direction from them so that telescopes could quickly point ...
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Dark matter and LIGO

In addition to the functioning LIGO detectors (two in USA and one in Italy), I am aware there are some gravitation wave detectors under construction. More detectors should provide more statistical ...
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Can curved spacetime be detected by an experiment at home?

Can curved spacetime be detected by an experiment at home? I am an educator and trying to find out experiments that can be used to prove curved spacetime, perhaps by reverse engineering any of the ...
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Have gravitational waves any effect on the electromagnetic waves in interferometers?

I am not into general relativity, but the explanation of how an interferometric gravitational antenna works is generally pretty basic. In the recently published paper announcing the detection of ...
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How well can we localize gravitational wave sources?

A recent question cited a story about the recent gravitational wave detection saying that we can use the gravitational wave sensing to find supernova earlier in their process of collapse: [with the ...
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Is the sensitivity of the LIGO sensitive enough to measure the “expansion of the universe”? What specifically is the numerical ratio of effects?

It would seem that LIGO measures wibbles in the metric (not manifold) of spacetime: How is it that distortions in space can be measured as distances? It would seem that the expansion of the universe ...
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Why do detectors for gravitational waves have only two perpendicular arms, not three?

I wonder why detectors for gravitational waves have only two perpendicular arms, not three. Having three arms appears to allow for better detection of direction, or may even increase sensitivity (I ...
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How were gravitational waves discovered? [duplicate]

It was announced today that gravitational waves were discovered. The article gives the following explanation of the experiment: When a gravitational wave passes LIGO, the tunnels deform slightly ...
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LIGO Gravitational Waves [closed]

Has LIGO detected any gravitational waves yet, or any hints of them? Is it just that LIGO is not sensitive enough or are we now entering disconfirmation territory? If we never detect gravitational ...
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Can project LISA will bring us closer to time travel? [closed]

After looking at the current discovery of Higgs Boson and the next long term plans of NASA and ESA(European Space Agency), I can't stop myself asking about the possibilities in near future. According ...
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Gravitational waves detectors; are they all similar?

Are the gravitational waves detectors all working on the same principle/effect?