Professor Emeritus of Physics
Ph.D., 1963 - Stanford University
Louisiana State University
Department of Physics & Astronomy
281 Nicholson Hall, Tower Dr.
Baton Rouge, LA 70803-4001
Low Temperature and Experimental General Relativity
Dr. Hamilton's research is directed toward improving the sensitivity and reliability of the Allegro resonant bar detector. He also is working toward improving the worldwide network of gravitational wave detectors as a charter member of the International Gravitational Event Collaboration (IGEC). The current active research consists of work with various techniques for optimal filtering following the path originated at LSU by Evan Mauceli and adaption of more sensitive dual squid amplifiers for a new generation of superconducting transducers. This work has involved collaborations with the Universities of Trento and Padova and with the University of Maryland.
Current and Select Publications
- B. Abbott, et al., by LIGO Scientific Collaboration and TAMA Collaboration, "Joint
LIGO and TAMA300 search for gravitational waves from inspiralling neutron star binaries,"
Phys. Rev. D 73, 102002 (2006).
- B. Abbott, et al., by LIGO Scientific Collaboration, "Search for gravitaional-wave
bursts in LIGO's third science run," To appear in the proceedings of the 6th Edoardo
Amaldi Conference on Gravitational Waves (Amaldi6), Kise Nago, Okinawa, Japan, 20-24
June 2005; Class. Quant. Grav. 23, S29-S39 (2006).
- I.S. Heng, E. Daw, J. Giaime, W.O. Hamilton, M.P. McHugh, W.W. Johnson, "Allegro:
noise performance and the ongoing search for gravitational waves," Classical and Quantum Gravity 19(7), 1889-1895 (2002).
- E. Mauceli, Z.K. Geng, W.O. Hamilton, W.W. Johnson, S. Merkowitz and A. Morse, "The
Allegro gravitational wave detector: Data acquisition and analysis," Phys. Rev. D 54, 1264 (1996).
- N.D. Solomonson, W.O. Hamilton, W.W. Johnson, and B-X. Xu, "Construction and performance
of a low noise inductive transducer for the Louisiana State University gravitational
wave detector," Rev. Sci. Instrum. 65, 174-181 (1994).
- Z.K. Geng, P.W. Adams, W.O. Hamilton, N.D. Solomonson, "A dc SQUID for use below 1K,"
Rev. Sci. Instrum. 64, 1319-1323 (1993).
- N.D. Solomonson, W.W. Johnson, W.O. Hamilton, "Comparative performance of two-, three-,
and 4-mode gravitational radiation detectors,"Rev. Sci. Instrum. 62, 2299-2308 (1992).
- O.D. Aguiar, W.W. Johnson, W.O. Hamilton, "A cryogenic double-resonant parabridge
motion transducer for resonant-mass gravitational wave detectors," Rev. Sci. Instrum. 62, 2523-2534 (1991).
- E. Amaldi, et al, "First gravity wave coincidence experiment between three resonant
cyrogenic detectors: Louisiana-Rome-Stanford,"Astronomy and Astrophysics 216, 325 (1989).
- G.W. Spetz, A.G. Mann, W.O. Hamilton, W.C. Oelfke, "Experimental verification of a single transducer back-action evading measurement scheme for a gravitational wave detector," Physics Lett. 104A, 335 (1984).