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Investigation of mechanical loss factors of some candidate materials for the test masses of gravitational wave detectors

Rowan, S., Cagnoli, G., Sneddon, P., Hough, J., Route, R., Gustafson, E.K., Fejer, M.M., and Mitrofanov, V. (2000) Investigation of mechanical loss factors of some candidate materials for the test masses of gravitational wave detectors. Physics Letters A, 265 (1-2). 5 -11. ISSN 0375-9601 (doi:10.1016/S0375-9601(99)00874-9)

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0375-9601(99)00874-9

Abstract

This Letter describes the results of investigations into the mechanical losses of a selection of crystalline materials with the potential for use as the test masses in advanced gravitational wave detectors. We have measured loss factors of 3.7*10/sup -9/ for HEM sapphire, to our knowledge the lowest measured loss factors of sapphire grown by a method suitable to produce test masses of the size and quality needed for use in advanced interferometric detectors. We also present the first measurements of the mechanical loss factors of YAG and Spinel at frequencies of interest for gravitational wave detection.

Item Type:Article
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s):Cagnoli, Dr Gianpietro and Rowan, Prof Sheila and Mitrofanov, Prof Valery and Hough, Prof James and Sneddon, Dr Peter
Authors: Rowan, S., Cagnoli, G., Sneddon, P., Hough, J., Route, R., Gustafson, E.K., Fejer, M.M., and Mitrofanov, V.
Subjects:Q Science > QC Physics
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Physics and Astronomy
Journal Name:Physics Letters A
ISSN:0375-9601

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