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Test mass materials for a new generation of gravitational wave detectors

[+] Author Affiliations
Sheila Rowan

Stanford Univ. (USA) and Univ. of Glasgow (United Kingdom)

Robert L. Byer, Martin M. Fejer, Roger K. Route

Stanford Univ. (USA)

Gianpietro Cagnoli, David R. Crooks, James Hough

Univ. of Glasgow (USA)

Peter H. Sneddon

Univ. of Glasgow (United Kingdom)

Walter Winkler

Max-Planck-Institut fÆr Quantenoptik (Germany)

Proc. SPIE 4856, Gravitational-Wave Detection, 292 (February 21, 2003); doi:10.1117/12.459019
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  • Gravitational-Wave Detection
  • Mike Cruise; Peter Saulson
  • Waikoloa, Hawai'i, USA | August 22, 2002

abstract

To obtain improved sensitivities in future generations of interferometric graviational wave detectors, beyond those proposed as upgrades of current detectors, will require different approaches in different portions of the gravitational wave frequency band. However the use of silicon as an interferometer test mass substrate, along with all-reflective interferometer topologies, could prove to be a design enabling sensitivity improvements at both high and low frequencies. In this paper the thermo-mechanical properties of silicon are discussed and the potenial benefits from using silicon as a mirror substrate material in future gravitational wave detectors are outlined.

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Sheila Rowan ; Robert L. Byer ; Martin M. Fejer ; Roger K. Route ; Gianpietro Cagnoli, et al.
"Test mass materials for a new generation of gravitational wave detectors", Proc. SPIE 4856, Gravitational-Wave Detection, 292 (February 21, 2003); doi:10.1117/12.459019; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.459019


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