Honors Program Theses


Open Access Honors Program Thesis

First Advisor

C. C. Chancey


We investigated theoretical considerations in the design of an Earth-based laser interferometer for detecting gravitational waves. Our design envisages a ground-based tracking station in communication with two geosynchronous satellites. We assumed linearized gravitational waves in a Schwarzschild spacetime geometry outside the Earth. Our initial calculations show that such a design is sufficiently sensitive to successfully detect gravitational waves near Earth.

Year of Submission



Department of Physics

University Honors Designation

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors


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