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  • B Abbott, R Abbott, R Adhikari, B Allen, R Amin, S B Anderson +361 others
  • 2003
For 17 days in August and September 2002, the LIGO and GEO interferometer gravitational wave detectors were operated in coincidence to produce their first data for scientific analysis. Although the detectors were still far from their design sensitivity levels, the data can be used to place better upper limits on the flux of gravitational waves incident on(More)
We report on a novel high-sensitivity method to characterize and improve mode matching into optical cavities. This method is based on heterodyne detection of cylindrical transverse cavity modes. A specially designed annular-segmented photodiode is used to measure the amplitude of nonresonant modes reflected by the cavity. Our measurements allow us to(More)
  • B Abbott, R Abbott, R Adhikari, B Allen, R Amin, S B Anderson +361 others
  • 2003
For 17 days in August and September 2002, the LIGO and GEO interferometer gravitational wave detectors were operated in coincidence to produce their first data for scientific analysis. Although the detectors were still far from their design sensitivity levels, the data can be used to place better upper limits on the flux of gravitational waves incident on(More)
The LIGO interferometers are operating as gravitational wave observatories, with a noise level near an order of magnitude of the goal and the first scientific data recently taken. This data has been analyzed for four different categories of gravita-tional wave sources; millisecond bursts, inspiralling binary neutron stars, periodic waves from a known(More)
A gain of 22 times was obtained by nondegenerate two-wave mixing in Cr:YAlO(3). To our knowledge, this is the largest cw two-wave mixing gain obtained in a bulk solid-state nonphotorefractive material. The measured gain appears to be limited by beam breakup that is due to spatial nonuniformities in the nonlinear refractive-index change that are the result(More)
A new method for two-beam coupling measurements based on acousto-optic modulation with subhertz tuning capability is applied to study excited-state dynamics of the nitrogen-vacancy center in diamond. Results yield fundamental decay constants and the nonlinear refractive index and are in good agreement with the calculated dual grating response to resonances(More)
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