An interactive gravitational-wave detector model for museums and fairs

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An interactive gravitational-wave detector model for museums and fairs. / Cooper, Sam; Middleton, Hannah; Buscicchio, Riccardo; Vecchio, Alberto; Mow-Lowry, Conor; Freise, Andreas; Berry, Christopher; Butler, E; Green, A C; Collins, C J ; Gettings, C; Hoyland, D; Jones, A W; Lindon, J H; Romero-Shaw, I; Stevenson, S P ; Vinciguerra, S; Takeva, E P .

In: American Journal of Physics, Vol. 89, No. 7, 01.07.2021.

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Cooper, S, Middleton, H, Buscicchio, R, Vecchio, A, Mow-Lowry, C, Freise, A, Berry, C, Butler, E, Green, AC, Collins, CJ, Gettings, C, Hoyland, D, Jones, AW, Lindon, JH, Romero-Shaw, I, Stevenson, SP, Vinciguerra, S & Takeva, EP 2021, 'An interactive gravitational-wave detector model for museums and fairs', American Journal of Physics, vol. 89, no. 7. https://doi.org/10.1119/10.0003534

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Cooper, S., Middleton, H., Buscicchio, R., Vecchio, A., Mow-Lowry, C., Freise, A., Berry, C., Butler, E., Green, A. C., Collins, C. J., Gettings, C., Hoyland, D., Jones, A. W., Lindon, J. H., Romero-Shaw, I., Stevenson, S. P., Vinciguerra, S., & Takeva, E. P. (2021). An interactive gravitational-wave detector model for museums and fairs. American Journal of Physics, 89(7). https://doi.org/10.1119/10.0003534

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Cooper, Sam ; Middleton, Hannah ; Buscicchio, Riccardo ; Vecchio, Alberto ; Mow-Lowry, Conor ; Freise, Andreas ; Berry, Christopher ; Butler, E ; Green, A C ; Collins, C J ; Gettings, C ; Hoyland, D ; Jones, A W ; Lindon, J H ; Romero-Shaw, I ; Stevenson, S P ; Vinciguerra, S ; Takeva, E P . / An interactive gravitational-wave detector model for museums and fairs. In: American Journal of Physics. 2021 ; Vol. 89, No. 7.

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