The Asia-Australia Gravitational Wave Detector Concept

David Blair, Zong-Hong Zhu, Li Ju, Eric Howell, Chunnong Zhao, Hui-Tong Chua, Simon Anderson, Leong Cheng Man

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The discovery of gravitational waves enabled assessment of the science benefits of new improved gravitational wave detectors. This paper discusses the science benefits of an Asia-Australia Gravitational wave Observatory (AAGO) consisting of a pair of widely spaced gravitational wave detectors on a north-south axis. Initial sensitivity would be ∼4 times better than the projected sensitivity of Advanced LIGO, but designed for future upgrades to match proposed third generation detectors. AAGO would enable near optimum angular resolution of sources, and signal detections at a rate ∼1 per hour, sufficient to monitor a substantial fraction of all large mass black hole merger events in the universe. The proposed conceptual design and infrastructure, technical issues and challenges are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCosmology, Gravitational Waves and Particles
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the Conference on Cosmology, Gravitational Waves and Particles
EditorsHarald Fritzsch
Place of PublicationSingapore
PublisherWorld Scientific Publishing
ISBN (Electronic)978-981-3231-81-8
ISBN (Print)978-981-3231-79-5
Publication statusPublished - 2018


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