THE ROLE OF THE QUANTUM PROPERTIES OF GRAVITATIONAL RADIATION IN THE DETECTION OF GRAVITATIONAL WAVES

A. CAMACHO
1999 International Journal of Modern Physics A  
The role that the quantum properties of a gravitational wave could play in the detection of gravitational radiation is analyzed. It is not only corroborated that in the current laser-interferometric detectors the resolution of the experimental apparatus could lie very far from the corresponding quantum threshold (thus the backreaction effect of the measuring device upon the gravitational wave is negligible), but it is also suggested that the consideration of the quantum properties of the wave
more » ... rties of the wave could entail the definition of dispersion of the measurement outputs. This dispersion would be a function not only of the sensitivity of the measuring device, but also of the interaction time (between measuring device and gravitational radiation) and of the arm length of the corresponding laser- interferometer. It would have a minimum limit, and the introduction of the current experimental parameters insinuates that the dispersion of the existing proposals could lie very far from this minimum, which means that they would show a very large dispersion.
doi:10.1142/s0217751x99001007 fatcat:5wo7rbwggbgpzprvteuih2vfuy