Mechanical quality factor measurements of monolithically suspended fused silica test masses of the GEO 600 gravitational wave detector

Smith, J.R., Cagnoli, G., Crooks, D., Fejer, M.M., Gossler, S., Luck, H., Rowan, S., Hough, J. and Danzmann, K. (2004) Mechanical quality factor measurements of monolithically suspended fused silica test masses of the GEO 600 gravitational wave detector. Classical and Quantum Gravity, 21(5), S1091-S1098. (doi:10.1088/0264-9381/21/5/105)

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/0264-9381/21/5/105

Abstract

Internal thermal noise is expected to be a limiting noise source in the most sensitive frequency band of the GEO 600 gravitational wave detector. Because thermal noise is directly related to energy dissipation, care has been taken to construct test mass suspensions from low-dissipation materials and to eliminate inter-material rubbing where possible. Recently, the GEO 600 team finished the installation of triple-pendulum suspensions for the optics of the Michelson interferometer. Each of these triple pendulums incorporates a monolithic fused silica pendulum as the lowest stage. We have made internal mode quality factor measurements of three monolithically suspended test masses. Using these measurements we estimate of the level of internal thermal noise in the GEO 600 interferometer.

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
Authors: Smith, J.R., Cagnoli, G., Crooks, D., Fejer, M.M., Gossler, S., Luck, H., Rowan, S., 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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