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The blind spots are caused by the way the detectors work. They are sensitive to a gravitational wave (GW) changing the relative path length along interferometer arms at right angles to each other. Gravitational waves come in two polarisations (plus and cross). These polarisations cause alternate perpendicular expansions and contractions in space, but are ...


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The blind spots are caused by the way the detectors work. They are sensitive to a gravitational wave (GW) changing the relative path length along interferometer arms at right angles to each other. Gravitational waves come in two polarisations (plus and cross). These polarisations cause alternate perpendicular expansions and contractions in space, but are ...


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The amplitude of a detected gravitational wave depends on a number of factors - the luminosity of the source (which in turn depends on the masses and orbital period of the merging binary system), the orientation of the binary system with respect to the line of sight (since gravitational waves are emitted highly anisotropically, the inclination of the binary ...


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Compact means closely and neatly packed together or dense. Since we are talking about space it normally either means a celestial body is dense or that a group of celestial bodies are occupying a small(relatively) space.


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