The AEI 10 m prototype interferometer

Goßler, S. et al. (2010) The AEI 10 m prototype interferometer. Classical and Quantum Gravity, 27(8), 084023. (doi: 10.1088/0264-9381/27/8/084023)

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A 10m prototype interferometer facility is currently being set up at the AEI in Hannover, Germany. The prototype interferometer will be housed inside a 100 m<sup>3</sup> ultra-high vacuum envelope. Seismically isolated optical tables inside the vacuum system will be interferometrically interconnected via a suspension platform interferometer. Advanced isolation techniques will be used, such as inverted pendulums and geometrical anti-spring filters in combination with multiple-cascaded pendulum suspensions, containing an all-silica monolithic last stage. The light source is a 35 W Nd:YAG laser, geometrically filtered by passing it through a photonic crystal fibre and a rigid pre-modecleaner cavity. Laser frequency stabilisation will be achieved with the aid of a high finesse suspended reference cavity in conjunction with a molecular iodine reference. Coating thermal noise will be reduced by the use of Khalili cavities as compound end mirrors. Data acquisition and control of the experiments is based on the AdvLIGO digital control and data system. The aim of the project is to test advanced techniques for GEO 600 as well as to conduct experiments in macroscopic quantum mechanics. Reaching standard quantum-limit sensitivity for an interferometer with 100 g mirrors and subsequently breaching this limit, features most prominently among these experiments. In this paper we present the layout and current status of the AEI 10 m Prototype Interferometer project.

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Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Hild, Professor Stefan
Authors: Goßler, S., Bertolini, A., Born, M., Chen, Y., Dahl, K., Gering, D., Gräf, C., Heinzel, G., Hild, S., Kawazoe, F., Kranz, O., Kühn, G., Lück, H., Mossavi, K., Schnabel, R., Somiya, K., Strain, K. A., Taylor, J. R., Wanner, A., Westphal, T., Willke, B., and Danzmann, K.
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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459312Investigations in Gravitational Radiation.Sheila RowanScience & Technologies Facilities Council (STFC)ST/I001085/1Physics and Astronomy