Prof. Jean-Yves Vinet

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    UMR ARTEMIS, CNRS, University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis, Observatoire de la Côte dAzur, Nice, France

    Editor of the experimental and observational tests of gravitation section of the Encyclopedia of Space-time and gravitation



    • Maîtrise de Mathématiques (Université Pierre & Marie Curie, 1968)
    • "Doctorat ès Sciences", Theoretical Physics (Institut Henri Poincaré, Université Pierre & Marie Curie, 1981)

    Current position

    Directeur de Recherche (C.N.R.S.) since 1999. Emeritus since 2013

    Noticeable previous positions and professional experiences

    • Searcher at Laboratoire d'Optique Appliquée (Ecole polytechnique, 1975-1999)
    • Searcher at Département d'Astrophysique Relativiste et Cosmologie, (Observatoire de Paris-Meudon (1999)
    • Searcher at ARTEMIS, Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur, Nice, 1999-2013
    • Professor at Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Techniques Avancées, Paris 1991-1999
    • Member of the LISA International Science Team until 2011
    • Spokesperson of the Virgo Collaboration 2011-2014

    Awards (after the first detection of a gravitational wave, with the LIGO & Virgo Collaborations)  :

    • Special Breakthrough prize in fundamental physics (USA, 2016)
    • Gruber Prize in Cosmology (Yale U.,2016)
    • Einstein Medal (Universität Bern, 2017)


    Interferometric detection of gravitational waves

    Research interests

    • Experimental gravitation
    • Laser Optics
    • Numerical simulations
    • Thermal noise in gravitational wave interferometers
    • Gravitational Waves emitted by coalescing compact objects

    Selected publications

    • A high accuracy method for the simulation of non-ideal optical cavities (avec P. Hello, N. Man, A. Brillet) Journal de Physique I vol 2 (Juillet 92) pp.1287-1303
    • Mirror thermal noise in interferometric gravitational wave detectors, Phys. Lett. A 198 (1995) pp. 74-78, avec F. Bondu
    • Scattered light noise in gravitational wave interferometric detectors: Coherent effects, Phys. Rev. D 54-2, 15 July 1996, pp 1276-86 (avec V. Brisson, S. Braccini)
    • On the stability of giant Fabry-Perot cavities of interferometric gravitational wave detectors, Applied Optics, vol 36 (1997) pp. 5325-5334 (Avec S. Dhurandhar, P. Hello, B.S. Sathyaprakash)
    • Radiation pressure and stability of interferometric gravitational detectors, V. Chickarmane, S. Dhurandhar, R. Barillet, P. Hello, J-Y. Vinet, Applied Optics, 20 Fev 98
    • Low frequency thermal noise of large mirrors of interferometric gravitational wave detectors, , F. Bondu, P. Hello, J-Y. Vinet, Phys. Lett. A 246 pp.227-236 (98)
    • Algebraic approach to time-delay data analysis for LISA, S. Dhurandhar, K. Rajesh Nayak and J-Y. Vinet, Phys. Rev. D65 (2002) 102002
    • Virtual gravitational wave interferometers with actual mirrors, A.Brillet, J-Y. Vinet, V. Loriette, J-M. Mackowski, L.Pinard and A. Remillieux, Phys. Rev. D67 102006 (2003)
    • Algebraic Approach to time-delay data analysis for orbiting LISA, K. R. Nayak et J-Y. Vinet, Phys. Rev. D 70 102003 (2004)
    • Thermal noise reduction in Interferometric Gravitational Wave antennas: using High order TEM modes, B. Mours, E. Tournefier, J-Y. Vinet, Classical and Quantum Gravity (2006) p.5777-5784
    • Reducing thermal effects in mirrors of advanced gravitational wave interferometric detectors, J-Y. Vinet, Class. and Quantum Gravity 24 , 15, (2007) 3897-391
    • On special optical modes and thermal issues in advanced gravitational wave detectors, Jean-Yves Vinet, Living Reviews in Relativity 12 (2009) 5 (Max Planck Inst. For Gravitational Physics, Potsdam)
    • Time Delay Interferometry for LISA with one arm dysfunctional, S.V. Dhurandhar, K. Rajesh Nayak & J.-Y. Vinet ,Class. Quantum Grav. 27 135013 (2010)
    • The Virgo Physics Book, online at  : [1]

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