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Response functions of free mass gravitational wave antennasThe work of Gursel, Linsay, Spero, Saulson, Whitcomb and Weiss (1984) on the response of a free-mass interferometric antenna is extended. Starting from first principles, the earlier work derived the response of a 2-arm gravitational wave antenna to plane polarized gravitational waves. Equivalent formulas (generalized slightly to allow for arbitrary elliptical polarization) are obtained by a simple differencing of the '3-pulse' Doppler response functions of two 1-arm antennas. A '4-pulse' response function is found, with quite complicated angular dependences for arbitrary incident polarization. The differencing method can as readily be used to write exact response functions ('3n+1 pulse') for antennas having multiple passes or more arms.
Document ID
19850063375
Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
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Authors
Estabrook, F. B. (California Institute of Technology Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, United States)
Date Acquired
August 12, 2013
Publication Date
August 1, 1985
Publication Information
Publication: General Relativity and Gravitation
Volume: 17
ISSN: 0001-7701
Subject Category
SPACE SCIENCES (GENERAL)
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Public
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