© 2014 American Physical Society. We present a study of three-mode parametric instability in large-scale gravitational-wave detectors. Previous work used a linearized model to study the onset of instability. This paper presents a nonlinear study of this phenomenon, which shows that the initial stage of an exponential rise of the amplitudes of a higher-order optical mode and the mechanical internal mode of the mirror is followed by a saturation phase, in which all three participating modes reach a new equilibrium state with constant oscillation amplitudes. Results suggest that stable operation of interferometers may be possible in the presence of such instabilities, thereby simplifying the task of suppression.
|Journal||Physical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology|
|Publication status||Published - 29 Dec 2014|