Upper limits on the mechanical loss of silicate bonds in a silicon tuning fork oscillator

Prokhorov, L.G. et al. (2018) Upper limits on the mechanical loss of silicate bonds in a silicon tuning fork oscillator. Physics Letters A, 382(33), pp. 2186-2191. (doi: 10.1016/j.physleta.2017.07.007)

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Silicon optics suspended by silicon ribbons or silicon fibers and kept at low temperature are being considered, because of promising optical and mechanical properties, for the test masses of third generation interferometric gravitational-wave detectors. To interconnect the suspension elements the technique of hydroxide catalysis (or silicate) bonding can be used. In order to estimate the bond loss a tuning fork was fabricated from silicon ribbons, which were then silicate bonded. The temperature dependence of mechanical loss of this tuning fork was measured in the temperature range of 95–295 K. The ratio of the energy stored in the bond layer to the total energy of the tuning fork was calculated by numerical simulation. This provided an upper limit of the bond loss as a function of the temperature. It is (5±2)×10−3(5±2)×10−3 at 123 K, a proposed operating temperature of cryogenically operating ground based interferometric gravitational-wave detectors.

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Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Hammond, Professor Giles and Tokmakov, Dr Kirill and van Veggel, Dr Marielle and Rowan, Professor Sheila and Hough, Professor James and Haughian, Dr Karen and Murray, Dr Peter
Authors: Prokhorov, L.G., Koptsov, D.V., Matiushechkina, M.S., Mitrofanov, V.P., Haughian, K., Hough, J., Rowan, S., van Veggel, A.A., Murray, P., Hammond, G.D., and Tokmakov, K.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Physics and Astronomy
Journal Name:Physics Letters A
ISSN (Online):0375-9601
Published Online:12 July 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 The Authors
First Published:First published in Physics Letters A 382(33): 2186-2191
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713721Investigations in gravitational radiationSheila RowanScience & Technology Facilities Council (STFC)ST/N005422/1S&E P&A - PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY
624341Investigations in Gravitational Radiation / Particle Astrophysics Capital equipmentSheila RowanScience & Technology Facilities Council (STFC)ST/L000946/1S&E P&A - PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY