Successful testing of the LISA Technology Package (LTP) interferometer engineering model

Heinzel, G. et al. (2005) Successful testing of the LISA Technology Package (LTP) interferometer engineering model. Classical and Quantum Gravity, 22(10), S149-S154. (doi: 10.1088/0264-9381/22/10/003)

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The LISA Technology Package (LTP), to be launched by ESA in 2008, is a technology demonstration mission in preparation for the LISA space-borne gravitational wave detector. A central part of the LTP is the optical metrology package (heterodyne interferometer with phasemeter) that measures the distance between two test masses with a noise level of 10 pm Hz−1/2 between 3 mHz and 30 mHz and also the test mass alignment with a noise level of <10 nrad Hz−1/2. An engineering model of the interferometer has been built and environmentally tested. Extensive functionality and performance tests were conducted. This paper reports on the successful test results.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Robertson, Dr David and Hough, Professor James and Ward, Professor Henry and Killow, Dr Christian
Authors: Heinzel, G., Braxmaier, C., Caldwell, M., Danzmann, K., Draaisma, F., Garcia, A., Hough, J., Jennrich, O., Johann, U., Killow, C., Middleton, K., te Plate, M., Robertson, D., Rudiger, A., Schilling, R., Steier, F., Wand, V., and Ward, H.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Physics and Astronomy
Journal Name:Classical and Quantum Gravity
Publisher:Institute of Physics
ISSN (Online):1361-6382

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