October 26, 2016
Imperial College London
Europe/London timezone

UK Hardware Development for Advanced LIGO

Oct 26, 2016, 4:30 PM
25m
Imperial College London

Imperial College London

Blackett Laboratories LT1 lecture theatre South Kensington Campus, London SW7 2AZ

Speaker

Prof. Giles Hammond (Edinburgh)

Description

The Advanced LIGO detectors in Livingston, Louisiana and Hanford, Washington are the most sensitive length measuring devices in the world. Technology developed and delivered under the UK ALUK project include the fused silica monolithic suspensions, optical sensors/electromagnetics actuators and high voltage driver amplifiers. In this talk I will provide an overview of the fused silica suspension technology, pioneered in GEO 600, and the ongoing support/characterisation work at the sites.

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