Damping and tuning of the fibre violin modes in monolithic silica suspensions

Gossler, S., Cagnoli, G., Crooks, D.R.M., Luck, H., Rowan, S., Smith, J.R., Strain, K.A., Hough, J. and Danzmann, K. (2004) Damping and tuning of the fibre violin modes in monolithic silica suspensions. Classical and Quantum Gravity, 21(5), S923-S933. (doi:10.1088/0264-9381/21/5/082)

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/0264-9381/21/5/082

Abstract

High Q mirror suspensions are a key element of the advanced interferometric gravitational-wave detectors. In December 2002 the last of the final interferometer optics of GEO 600 were monolithically suspended, using fused silica fibres. The violin modes of the suspension fibres can have Q greater than 10(8) and can therefore interfere with the interferometer length control servo. Hence, the violin modes need to be damped, without degrading the pendulum Q itself. Furthermore, the frequency spread of the fibres used has to be small to allow for high Q notch filtering in the length control servo. ne requirements for the violin modes of the two GEO 600 inboard suspensions are Q lt 3 x 10(6) for the fundamental and Q lt 2 x 10(6) for the first harmonic mode, respectively. The frequency spread should not exceed 10% within one mode. To accomplish that, two sections of the fibres were coated with amorphous Teflon. By applying the coating, the Q of the relevant modes can be degraded to the desired values and furthermore, the frequencies of these modes can be tuned almost independently with a good accuracy over a wide range. After welding the fibres in the monolithic suspension, a corrective coating was applied to some fibres, to compensate for the frequency spread due to the tension spread of the four fibres within a suspension. We present the method and the results achieved.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Cagnoli, Dr Gianpietro and Rowan, Professor Sheila and Crooks, Dr David and Hough, Professor James and Strain, Professor Kenneth
Authors: Gossler, S., Cagnoli, G., Crooks, D.R.M., Luck, H., Rowan, S., Smith, J.R., Strain, K.A., Hough, J., and Danzmann, K.
Subjects:Q Science > QC Physics
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Physics and Astronomy
Journal Name:Classical and Quantum Gravity
ISSN:0264-9381
ISSN (Online):1361-6382

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