Experimental measurements of coating mechanical loss factors

Crooks, D. et al. (2004) Experimental measurements of coating mechanical loss factors. Classical and Quantum Gravity, 21(5), S1059-S1065. (doi: 10.1088/0264-9381/21/5/101)

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All current gravitational wave detectors use test masses coated with alternating layers of two different dielectric materials to form highly reflective mirrors. The thermal noise from mechanical dissipation associated with such coatings may be significant for future detectors such as advanced LIGO. We have measured the mechanical dissipation of a number of types of coatings formed from SiO2 (silica) and Ta2O5 (tantala). The frequency dependence of the dissipation has been determined, taking into account the contribution of thermoelastic loss.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Cagnoli, Dr Gianpietro and Rowan, Professor Sheila and Crooks, Dr David and Hough, Professor James and Sneddon, Dr Peter
Authors: Crooks, D., Cagnoli, G., Fejer, M.M., Gretarsson, A., Harry, G., Hough, J., Nakagawa, N., Penn, S., Route, R., Rowan, S., and Sneddon, P.
Subjects:Q Science > QC Physics
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Physics and Astronomy
Journal Name:Classical and Quantum Gravity
ISSN (Online):1361-6382

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