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Telperion the Silver
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This is astounding!
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enochville
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Thanks for sharing! I studied physics in college for a while before I switched my major, so I am fascinated by the prospect of this gravity telescope.
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wicked cool... giant Michelson-Morley experiments!

I wonder how they are managing to damp out things like vibration from passing trucks and stuff?

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Noemon
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Very cool stuff--breath taking, even. Hope they're successful.
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I read about this yesterday and considered posting it but I figured someone else would come up with it sooner or later [Wink] . It is very incredible- or will be, when they succeed.
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Oliver Dale
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J-M,

Don't have to worry about passing trucks or even passing mountains. Gravitational waves are so weak (especially when compared to EM waves) that it takes something truly cosmological in order to blip their 'radar.' If you're talking about the physical shaking of the tubes, then I'm fairly sure it isn't a problem just due to the size of the thing. The laser has some wobble room without making contact with the shielding.

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Yeah, but shaking the mirrors would change the effective length of the light path.
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