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VIRGO: a large interferometer for gravitational wave detection started its first scientific run

F. Acernese M. Alshourbagy P. Amico F. Antonucci S. Aoudia 1 P. Astone S. Avino L. Baggio 2 F. Barone L. Barsotti M. Barsuglia 3 T. S. Bauer S. Bigotta S. Birindelli M. Bizouard 3 C. Boccara 4 François Bondu 1 L. Bosi S. Braccini C. Bradaschia A. Brillet 1 V. Brisson 3 D. Buskulic 2 G. Cagnoli E. Calloni E. Campagna F. Cavalier 3 R. Cavalieri G. Cella E. Cesarini E. Chassande-Mottin 5 A.-C. Clapson 3 F. Cleva 1 E. Coccia C. Corda A. Corsi F. Cottone J.-P. Coulon 1 E. Cuoco S. d'Antonio A. Dari V. Dattilo M. Davier 3 R. de Rosa M. del Prete L. Di Fiore A. Di Lieto A. Di Virgilio B. Dujardin 1 M. Evans V. Fafone I. Ferrante F. Fidecaro I. Fiori R. Flaminio 6 J.-D. Fournier 1 S. Frasca F. Frasconi L. Gammaitoni F. Garufi E. Genin A. Gennai A. Giazotto L. Giordano V. Granata 2 C. Greverie 1 D. Grosjean 2 G. Guidi S. Hamdani S. Hebri H. Heitmann 1 P. Hello 3 D. Huet S. Kreckelbergh 3 P. La Penna M. Laval 1 N. Leroy 3 N. Letendre 2 B. Lopez M. Lorenzini V. Loriette 4 G. Losurdo J.-M. Mackowski 6 E. Majorana M. Mantovani F. Marchesoni F. Marion 2 J. Marque F. Martelli A. Masserot 2 F. Menzinger L. Milano Y. Minenkov C. Moins Julien Moreau 7 N. Morgado 6 S. Mosca B. Mours 2 C. N. Man 1 I. Neri F. Nocera G. Pagliaroli C. Palomba F. Paoletti S. Pardi A. Pasqualetti R. Passaquieti D. Passuello F. Piergiovanni L. Pinard 6 R. Poggiani M. Punturo P. Puppo P. Rapagnani T. Regimbau 4 A. Remillieux 6 F. Ricci I. Ricciardi A. Rocchi L. Rolland 2 R. Romano P. Ruggi G. Russo S. Solimeno Alessandro D.A.M. Spallicci 1 M. Tarallo R. Terenzi A. Toncelli M. Tonelli E. Tournefier 2 F. Travasso C. Tremola G. Vajente J. F. J. van der Brand S. van der Putten D. Verkindt 2 F. Vetrano A. Viceré J.-Y. Vinet 1 H. Vocca M. Yvert 2
Abstract : The VIRGO interferometer is the largest ground based European gravitational wave detector operating at the EGO Laboratory in the Pisa, Italy; countryside. During the last commissioning period relevant progress have been done in approaching its design sensitivity all over the detection bandwidth. Thanks to the effort of the whole Collaboration a long scientific run has been done collecting data for more than 4 months in conjunction with the LIGO detectors. The results obtained from the detector point of view are: a very good stability and a duty-cycle as high as 81% in science mode. In this paper we present the status of the VIRGO interferometer giving an overview of the experimental apparatus together with its most relevant features.
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F. Acernese, M. Alshourbagy, P. Amico, F. Antonucci, S. Aoudia, et al.. VIRGO: a large interferometer for gravitational wave detection started its first scientific run. Tenth International Conference on Topics In Astroparticle and Underground Physics (TAUP2007), 2007, Sendai, Japan. pp.032007, ⟨10.1088/1742-6596/120/3/032007⟩. ⟨in2p3-00315415⟩

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