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Interferometric inertial sensors for gravitational-wave detectors

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Project "InertialSensors" data sheet

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Organization address
address: Edgbaston
postcode: B15 2TT

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Project website
 Total cost 183˙454 €
 EC max contribution 183˙454 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2015
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-12-02   to  2018-12-01


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 Project objective

The detection of gravitational waves is expected within the decade and it will start a new era in astronomy. A limiting factor for all earth-based gravitational-wave detectors is isolation from ground motion that limits both low frequency sensitivity and detector operation. We propose to develop a new kind of extremely low-noise inertial sensors using laser-interferometer readout that can drastically improve active seismic isolation systems. The interferometric readout developed at Birmingham has low noise, huge dynamic range, and highly linear readout. This combination of properties allows a radical redesign and simplification of the mechanical components of an inertial sensor, and the removal of many common sources of noise. The technology required to build these sensors has many potential applications outside the field. The experienced researcher, Dr Mow-Lowry, will lead the experimental work and manage the project under the guidance of Professor Freise, and by the end of the proposal he will have proven his ability to deliver key instrumentation, making the transition from scientific contributor to principal investigator. In the years following, he will be ideally placed to exploit the project outcomes through scientific collaboration and commercialisation.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Jennifer Watchi, Sam Cooper, Binlei Ding, Conor M. Mow-Lowry, Christophe Collette
Contributed Review: A review of compact interferometers
published pages: 121501, ISSN: 0034-6748, DOI: 10.1063/1.5052042
Review of Scientific Instruments 89/12 2019-05-13
2018 Jan Harms, Conor M Mow-Lowry
Suspension-thermal noise in spring–antispring systems for future gravitational-wave detectors
published pages: 25008, ISSN: 0264-9381, DOI: 10.1088/1361-6382/aa9e28
Classical and Quantum Gravity 35/2 2019-05-13
2017 R. Kirchhoff, C. M. Mow-Lowry, V. B. Adya, G. Bergmann, S. Cooper, M. M. Hanke, P. Koch, S. M. Köhlenbeck, J. Lehmann, P. Oppermann, J. Wöhler, D. S. Wu, H. Lück, K. A. Strain
Huddle test measurement of a near Johnson noise limited geophone
published pages: 115008, ISSN: 0034-6748, DOI: 10.1063/1.5000592
Review of Scientific Instruments 88/11 2019-05-13
2018 S J Cooper, C J Collins, A C Green, D Hoyland, C C Speake, A Freise, C M Mow-Lowry
A compact, large-range interferometer for precision measurement and inertial sensing
published pages: 95007, ISSN: 0264-9381, DOI: 10.1088/1361-6382/aab2e9
Classical and Quantum Gravity 35/9 2019-05-13

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