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Enter Your Observatory ParametersIn the generator fields listed below, default values for the Observatory Parameters will generate a standard LISA sensitivity curve (equal arms, all-sky + polarization average, SNR = 1) for the root spectral density of gravitational wave strain vs. gravitational wave frequency.
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How It WorksA white paper describing the standard LISA sensitivity curve adopted by the project is available: LISA Sensitivity White Paper.
The method used to generate a sensitivity curve here follows Larson, Hiscock and Hellings (PRD, 62, 062001 ). This sensitivity curve is equivalent to the equal arm limit sensitivity of the X(t) variable of Armstrong, Estabrook and Tinto (ApJ, 527, 814 ).
This generator, in its current form, works only in the equal arm limit, and cannot compute any additional time-delay interferometry variables. For details regarding sensitivities and computational issues related to these variables, see (e.g.) Armstrong, Estabrook and Tinto (ApJ, 527, 814 ).
White Dwarf Background (Astrophysical Noise)The current version of the curve generator has been extended to include simple estimates of the confusion-limited white dwarf background from the galaxy. The estimates are due to Hils and Bender (CQG, 14, 1439 ), and an analytic fit to the Hils-Bender spectrum by Hiscock, Larson, Routzahn and Kulick ( ApJ, 540, L5 ).
As they can be adapted, other schemes for estimating the white dwarf background will be provided as options in the curve generator. If you have suggestions for realizations of the background to use, please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org).
If you have Problems with the GeneratorThis page is currently a beta test! Please email suggestions and bug reports about this page to email@example.com. Be sure it include a complete list of parameters for the observatory you were designing -- it will greatly aid me in debugging your problem on this end.