Gravitational-wave sensitivity curves

C. J. Moore, R. H. Cole, Christopher Philip Luke Berry

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There are several common conventions in use by the gravitational-wave community to describe the amplitude of sources and the sensitivity of detectors. These are frequently confused. We outline the merits of and differences between the various quantities used for parameterizing noise curves and characterizing gravitational-wave amplitudes. We conclude by producing plots that consistently compare different detectors. Similar figures can be generated on-line for general use at

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number015014
JournalClassical and Quantum Gravity
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 8 2015


  • black holes
  • gravitational waves
  • pulsar timing
  • pulsar timing arrays

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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