The Japanese space gravitational wave antenna: DECIGO

Seiji Kawamura, Masaki Ando, Naoki Seto, Shuichi Sato, Takashi Nakamura, Kimio Tsubono, Nobuyuki Kanda, Takahiro Tanaka, Jun'Ichi Yokoyama, Ikkoh Funaki, Kenji Numata, Kunihito Ioka, Takeshi Takashima, Kazuhiro Agatsuma, Tomotada Akutsu, Koh Suke Aoyanagi, Koji Arai, Akito Araya, Hideki Asada, Yoichi AsoDan Chen, Takeshi Chiba, Toshikazu Ebisuzaki, Yumiko Ejiri, Motohiro Enoki, Yoshiharu Eriguchi, Masa Katsu Fujimoto, Ryuichi Fujita, Mitsuhiro Fukushima, Toshifumi Futamase, Tomohiro Harada, Tatsuaki Hashimoto, Kazuhiro Hayama, Wataru Hikida, Yoshiaki Himemoto, Hisashi Hirabayashi, Takashi Hiramatsu, Feng Lei Hong, Hideyuki Horisawa, Mizuhiko Hosokawa, Kiyotomo Ichiki, Takeshi Ikegami, Kaiki T. Inoue, Koji Ishidoshiro, Hideki Ishihara, Takehiko Ishikawa, Hideharu Ishizaki, Hiroyuki Ito, Yousuke Itoh, Kiwamu Izumi, Isao Kawano, Nobuki Kawashima, Fumiko Kawazoe, Naoko Kishimoto, Kenta Kiuchi, Shiho Kobayashi, Kazunori Kohri, Hiroyuki Koizumi, Yasufumi Kojima, Keiko Kokeyama, Wataru Kokuyama, Kei Kotake, Yoshihide Kozai, Hiroo Kunimori, Hitoshi Kuninaka, Kazuaki Kuroda, Sachiko Kuroyanagi, Kei Ichi Maeda, Hideo Matsuhara, Nobuyuki Matsumoto, Yuta Michimura, Osamu Miyakawa, Umpei Miyamoto, Shinji Miyoki, Mutsuko Y. Morimoto, Toshiyuki Morisawa, Shigenori Moriwaki, Shinji Mukohyama, Mitsuru Musha, Shigeo Nagano, Isao Naito, Kouji Nakamura, Hiroyuki Nakano, Kenichi Nakao, Shinichi Nakasuka, Yoshinori Nakayama, Kazuhiro Nakazawa, Erina Nishida, Kazutaka Nishiyama, Atsushi Nishizawa, Yoshito Niwa, Taiga Noumi, Yoshiyuki Obuchi, Masatake Ohashi, Naoko Ohishi, Masashi Ohkawa, Kenshi Okada, Norio Okada, Kenichi Oohara, Norichika Sago, Motoyuki Saijo, Ryo Saito, Masaaki Sakagami, Shin Ichiro Sakai, Shihori Sakata, Misao Sasaki, Takashi Sato, Masaru Shibata, Hisaaki Shinkai, Ayaka Shoda, Kentaro Somiya, Hajime Sotani, Naoshi Sugiyama, Yudai Suwa, Rieko Suzuki, Hideyuki Tagoshi, Fuminobu Takahashi, Kakeru Takahashi, Keitaro Takahashi, Ryutaro Takahashi, Ryuichi Takahashi, Tadayuki Takahashi, Hirotaka Takahashi, Takamori Akiteru, Tadashi Takano, Nobuyuki Tanaka, Keisuke Taniguchi, Atsushi Taruya, Hiroyuki Tashiro, Yasuo Torii, Morio Toyoshima, Shinji Tsujikawa, Yoshiki Tsunesada, Akitoshi Ueda, Ken Ichi Ueda, Masayoshi Utashima, Yaka Wakabayashi, Kent Yagi, Hiroshi Yamakawa, Kazuhiro Yamamoto, Toshitaka Yamazaki, Chul Moon Yoo, Shijun Yoshida, Taizoh Yoshino, Ke Xun Sun

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Abstract

The objectives of the DECi-hertz Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (DECIGO) are to open a new window of observation for gravitational wave astronomy and to obtain insight into significant areas of science, such as verifying and characterizing inflation, determining the thermal history of the universe, characterizing dark energy, describing the formation mechanism of supermassive black holes in the center of galaxies, testing alternative theories of gravity, seeking black hole dark matter, understanding the physics of neutron stars and searching for planets around double neutron stars. DECIGO consists of four clusters of spacecraft in heliocentric orbits; each cluster employs three drag-free spacecraft, 1000 km apart from each other, whose relative displacements are measured by three pairs of differential Fabry-Perot Michelson interferometers. Two milestone missions, DECIGO pathfinder and Pre-DECIGO, will be launched to demonstrate required technologies and possibly to detect gravitational waves.

Original languageEnglish
Article number094011
JournalClassical and Quantum Gravity
Volume28
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 7 2011
Externally publishedYes

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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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Kawamura, S., Ando, M., Seto, N., Sato, S., Nakamura, T., Tsubono, K., ... Sun, K. X. (2011). The Japanese space gravitational wave antenna: DECIGO. Classical and Quantum Gravity, 28(9), [094011]. https://doi.org/10.1088/0264-9381/28/9/094011