19-22 October 2011
Hotel Roanoke, Roanoke VA
US/Eastern timezone
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Telescope Spacer Design Investigations

21 Oct 2011, 11:45
Crystal Ballroom A (Hotel Roanoke, Roanoke VA)

Crystal Ballroom A

Hotel Roanoke, Roanoke VA

Contributed HA. Gravitation


Danila Korytov (University of Florida)


Space-based interferometric gravitational wave observatories will measure changes in the distance between free falling proof masses inside widely separated spacecraft with pm sensitivity. These observatories~will use fast telescopes to exchange laser beams. These telescopes are part of the probed optical distances and any length change in the gravitational wave band between secondary and primary can limit the sensitivity of the observatories. Furthermore, the large distance between and space constrains on the spacecraft require to use very fast telescopes with f-numbers approaching unity. These telescopes are very sensitive against any absolute length change which would reduce interferometer visibility and, ultimately, sensitivity. Our group has assembled a Silicon Carbide test structure and investigated its dimensional stability in the 10^{-4} to 1Hz frequency band at different operating temperatures. We also measured the overall length change and started investigating asymmetric length changes during cool down which would lead to misalignments in the telescope.


Alix Preston (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center) Guido Mueller (University of Florida) Jeffrey Livas (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center) Josep Sanjuan (University of Florida) Petar Arsenovic (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center) Ruven Spannegel (Institut fur Optische Systeme)

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