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Applied Physics B

, Volume 106, Issue 3, pp 551–557 | Cite as

Design of the 10 m AEI prototype facility for interferometry studies

A brief overview
  • T. WestphalEmail author
  • G. Bergmann
  • A. Bertolini
  • M. Born
  • Y. Chen
  • A. V. Cumming
  • L. Cunningham
  • K. Dahl
  • C. Gräf
  • G. Hammond
  • G. Heinzel
  • S. Hild
  • S. Huttner
  • R. Jones
  • F. Kawazoe
  • S. Köhlenbeck
  • G. Kühn
  • H. Lück
  • K. Mossavi
  • J. H. Pöld
  • K. Somiya
  • A. M. van Veggel
  • A. Wanner
  • B. Willke
  • K. A. Strain
  • S. Goßler
  • K. Danzmann
Article

Abstract

The AEI 10 m prototype interferometer facility is currently being constructed at the Albert Einstein Institute in Hannover, Germany. It aims to perform experiments for future gravitational wave detectors using advanced techniques. Seismically isolated benches are planned to be interferometrically interconnected and stabilized, forming a low-noise testbed inside a 100 m3 ultra-high vacuum system. A well-stabilized high-power laser will perform differential position readout of 100 g test masses in a 10 m suspended arm-cavity enhanced Michelson interferometer at the crossover of measurement (shot) noise and back-action (quantum radiation pressure) noise, the so-called Standard Quantum Limit (SQL). Such a sensitivity enables experiments in the highly topical field of macroscopic quantum mechanics. In this article we introduce the experimental facility and describe the methods employed; technical details of subsystems will be covered in future papers.

Keywords

Inverted Pendulum Gravitational Wave Detector Standard Quantum Limit Advance LIGO Differential Phase Delay 
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Notes

Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the QUEST cluster of excellence of the Leibniz Universität Hannover.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. Westphal
    • 1
    Email author
  • G. Bergmann
    • 1
  • A. Bertolini
    • 1
  • M. Born
    • 1
  • Y. Chen
    • 2
  • A. V. Cumming
    • 3
  • L. Cunningham
    • 3
  • K. Dahl
    • 1
  • C. Gräf
    • 1
  • G. Hammond
    • 3
  • G. Heinzel
    • 1
  • S. Hild
    • 3
  • S. Huttner
    • 3
  • R. Jones
    • 3
  • F. Kawazoe
    • 1
  • S. Köhlenbeck
    • 1
  • G. Kühn
    • 1
  • H. Lück
    • 1
  • K. Mossavi
    • 1
  • J. H. Pöld
    • 1
  • K. Somiya
    • 4
  • A. M. van Veggel
    • 3
  • A. Wanner
    • 1
  • B. Willke
    • 1
  • K. A. Strain
    • 3
  • S. Goßler
    • 1
  • K. Danzmann
    • 1
  1. 1.Max-Planck-Institut für Gravitationsphysik (AEI)Leibniz Universität HannoverHannoverGermany
  2. 2.California Institute of Technology, Theoretical AstrophysicsPasadenaUSA
  3. 3.SUPAUniversity of GlasgowGlasgowUK
  4. 4.Tokyo Institute of TechnologyTokyoJapan

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