Calibration of the LIGO gravitational wave detectors in the fifth science run

Abadie, J. and Abbott, B. P. and Abbott, R. and Abernathy, M. and Adams, C. and Adhikari, R. and Ajith, P. and Allen, B. and Allen, G. and Ceron, E. Amador and Amin, R. S. and Anderson, S. B. and Anderson, W. G. and Arain, M. A. and Araya, M. and Aronsson, M. and Aso, Y. and Aston, S. and Atkinson, D. E. and Aufmuth, P. and Aulbert, C. and Babak, S. and Baker, P. and Ballmer, S. and Barkers, D. and Barnum, S. and Barr, B. and Barriga, P. and Barsotti, L. and Barton, M. A. and Bartos, I. and Bassiri, R. and Bastarrika, M. and Bauchrowitz, J. and Behnke, B. and Benacquista, M. and Bertolini, A. and Betzwieser, J. and Beveridge, N. and Beyersdorf, P. T. and Bilenko, I. A. and Billingsley, G. and Birch, J. and Biswas, R. and Black, E. and Blackburn, J. K. and Blackburn, L. and Blaii, D. and Lockerbie, N. A. and Tokmakov, K. V. (2010) Calibration of the LIGO gravitational wave detectors in the fifth science run. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment, 624 (1). pp. 223-240. ISSN 0168-9002

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    Abstract

    The Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) is a network of three detectors built to detect local perturbations in the space-time metric from astrophysical sources These detectors two in Hanford WA and one in Livingston LA are power-recycled Fabry-Perot Michelson interferometers In their fifth science run (S5) between November 2005 and October 2007 these detectors accumulated one year of triple coincident data while operating at their designed sensitivity In this paper we describe the calibration of the instruments in the S5 data set including measurement techniques and uncertainty estimation.