Detecting high-frequency gravitational waves with optically levitated sensors

Asimina Arvanitaki*, Andrew A. Geraci

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We propose a tunable resonant sensor to detect gravitational waves in the frequency range of 50-300 kHz using optically trapped and cooled dielectric microspheres or microdisks. The technique we describe can exceed the sensitivity of laser-based gravitational wave observatories in this frequency range, using an instrument of only a few percent of their size. Such a device extends the search volume for gravitational wave sources above 100 kHz by 1 to 3 orders of magnitude, and could detect monochromatic gravitational radiation from the annihilation of QCD axions in the cloud they form around stellar mass black holes within our galaxy due to the superradiance effect.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number071105
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number7
StatePublished - Feb 14 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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