The Japanese space gravitational wave antenna - DECIGO

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Kawamura, Seiji ; Ando, Masaki ; Nakamura, Takashi ; Tsubono, Kimio ; Tanaka, Takahiro ; Funaki, Iklkoh ; Seto, Naoki ; Numata, Kenji ; Sato, Shuichi ; Ioka, Kunihito ; Kanda, Nobuyuki ; Takashima, Takeshi ; Agatsuma, Kazuhiro ; Akutsu, Tomotada ; Akutsu, Tomomi ; Aoyanagi, Koh-suke ; Arai, Koji ; Arase, Yuta ; Araya, Akito ; Asada, Hideki ; Aso, Yoichi ; Chiba, Takeshi ; Ebisuzaki, Toshikazu ; Fukushima, Mitsuhiro ; Futamase, Toshifumi ; Ganzu, Katsuhiko ; Harada, Tomohiro ; Hashimoto, Tatsuaki ; Hayama, Kazuhiro ; Hikida, Wataru ... view all 131 authors (2008)
  • Publisher: IOP Publishing
  • Journal: Journal of Physics: Conference Series, volume 122, issue 1, pages 1-8 (issn: 1742-6596)
  • Subject:
    arxiv: Physics::General Physics | Astrophysics::Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics

DECi-hertz Interferometer Gravitational wave Observatory (DECIGO) is the future Japanese space gravitational wave antenna. The goal of DECIGO is to detect gravitational waves from various kinds of sources mainly between 0.1 Hz and 10 Hz and thus to open a new window of observation for gravitational wave astronomy. DECIGO will consist of three drag-free spacecraft, 1000 km apart from each other, whose relative displacements are measured by a Fabry—Perot Michelson interferometer. We plan to launch DECIGO pathfinder first to demonstrate the technologies required to realize DECIGO and, if possible, to detect gravitational waves from our galaxy or nearby galaxies.
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