Searching for gravitational waves with optically levitated nanosensors

Eric Howard*

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    Optically levitated nanosensors in high vacuum are excellent candidates for the detection of high-frequency gravitational waves, amongst a wider range of other potential applications. We investigate the possibility of detecting high-frequency gravitational waves with levitated opto-mechanics. The current work proposes a laser-cooled optically-levitated nano-sensor to search for a number of highly-energetic sources associated with distant cosmic events, via precision sensing of gravitational waves at micron length scale.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationIEEE Sensors 2020
    Subtitle of host publicationConference Proceedings
    Place of PublicationOnline
    PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
    Number of pages4
    ISBN (Electronic)9781728168012
    ISBN (Print)9781728168029
    Publication statusPublished - 2020
    Event2020 IEEE Sensors, SENSORS 2020 - Virtual, Rotterdam, Netherlands
    Duration: 25 Oct 202028 Oct 2020

    Publication series

    NameProceedings of IEEE Sensors
    ISSN (Print)1930-0395
    ISSN (Electronic)2168-9229


    Conference2020 IEEE Sensors, SENSORS 2020
    CityVirtual, Rotterdam


    • gravitational waves
    • levitated nanoparticle
    • levitated optomechanics
    • optical tweezers
    • optically trapped particle


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