Control strategy to limit duty cycle impact of earthquakes on the LIGO gravitational-wave detectors

S. Biscans, J. Warner, R. Mittleman, C. Buchanan, M. Coughlin, M. Evans, H. Gabbard, J. Harms, B. Lantz, N. Mukund, A. Pele, C. Pezerat, P. Picart, H. Radkins, T. Shaffer

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Advanced gravitational-wave detectors such as the laser interferometer gravitational-wave observatories (LIGO) require an unprecedented level of isolation from the ground. When in operation, they measure motion of less than 10-19 m. Strong teleseismic events like earthquakes disrupt the proper functioning of the detectors, and result in a loss of data. An earthquake early-warning system, as well as a prediction model, have been developed to understand the impact of earthquakes on LIGO. This paper describes a control strategy to use this early-warning system to reduce the LIGO downtime by ∼30%. It also presents a plan to implement this new earthquake configuration in the LIGO automation system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number055004
JournalClassical and Quantum Gravity
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jan 31 2018
Externally publishedYes

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Funding Information:
The authors thank the LIGO Scientific Collaboration for access to the data and gratefully acknowledge the support of the United States National Science Foundation (NSF) for the construction and operation of the LIGO Laboratory and Advanced LIGO as well as the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) of the United Kingdom, and the Max Planck Society (MPS) for support of the construction of Advanced LIGO. Additional support for Advanced LIGO was provided by the Australian Research Council.

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  • LIGO
  • control
  • earthquakes
  • seismic


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