Westphal, T. and Chen, Y. (2012) Design of the 10 m AEI prototype facility for interferometry studies. A brief overview. Applied Physics B: Lasers and Optics, 106 (3). pp. 551-557. ISSN 0946-2171 http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20120322-082708926
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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 m^3 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.
|Additional Information:||© 2012 Springer-Verlag. Received: 5 September 2011. Revised version: 15 December 2011. Published online: 8 February 2012. This work was supported by the QUEST cluster of excellence of the Leibniz Universität Hannover.|
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