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Low-frequency high-sensitivity horizontal monolithic folded-pendulum as sensor in the automatic control of ground-based and space telescopes
Author(s): F. Acernese; R. De Rosa; G. Giordano; R. Romano; F. Barone
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Paper Abstract

This paper describes a new mechanical implementation of a monolithic folded pendulum based inertial sensor, configurable as seismometer and as accelerometer. The sensor is a compact, light, fully scalable, tunable in frequency (< 100mHz), with large measurement band (10−6 Hz ÷ 10Hz) and high quality factor (Q > 1500 in air) instrument, with immunity to environmental noises guaranteed by an integrated laser optical readout. The measured sensitivity curve is in very good agreement with the theoretical one (10−12m/√Hz) in the band (0.1 ÷ 10Hz). Although its natural application is in the fields of earthquake engineering and geophysics, its performances make it suitable also for applications as sensor in the control of inertial platforms for interferometric detectors of gravitational waves, where a residual horizontal motion better than 10−15m/√Hz in the band 0.01 ÷ 100Hz is a requirement, and in the control of the mechanical support systems of ground-based or space telescopes.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 September 2012
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 8444, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes IV, 84443C (17 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.927128
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F. Acernese, Univ. degli Studi di Salerno (Italy)
Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (Italy)
R. De Rosa, Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (Italy)
Univ. degli Studi di Napoli Federico II (Italy)
G. Giordano, Univ. degli Studi di Salerno (Italy)
R. Romano, Univ. degli Studi di Salerno (Italy)
Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (Italy)
F. Barone, Univ. degli Studi di Salerno (Italy)
Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (Italy)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8444:
Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes IV
Larry M. Stepp; Roberto Gilmozzi; Helen J. Hall, Editor(s)

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