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Realization of low-loss mirrors with sub-nanometer flatness for future gravitational wave detectors
Author(s): C. Michel; N. Morgado; L. Pinard; B. Sassolas; R. Bonnand; J. Degallaix; D. Forest; R. Flaminio; G. Billingsley
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Paper Abstract

The second generation of gravitational wave detectors will aim at improving by an order of magnitude their sensitivity versus the present ones (LIGO and VIRGO). These detectors are based on long-baseline Michelson interferometer with high finesse Fabry-Perot cavity in the arms and have strong requirements on the mirrors quality. These large low-loss mirrors (340 mm in diameter, 200 mm thick) must have a near perfect flatness. The coating process shall not add surface figure Zernike terms higher than second order with amplitude <0.5 nm over the central 160 mm diameter. The limits for absorption and scattering losses are respectively 0.5 and 5 ppm. For each cavity the maximum loss budget due to the surface figure error should be smaller than 50 ppm. Moreover the transmission matching between the two inputs mirrors must be better than 99%. We describe the different configurations that were explored in order to respect all these requirements. Coatings are done using IBS. The two first configurations based on a single rotation motion combined or not with uniformity masks allow to obtain coating thickness uniformity around 0.2 % rms on 160 mm diameter. But this is not sufficient to meet all the specifications. A planetary motion completed by masking technique has been studied. With simulated values the loss cavity is below 20 ppm, better than the requirements. First experimental results obtained with the planetary system will be presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 December 2012
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 8550, Optical Systems Design 2012, 85501P (18 December 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.981766
Show Author Affiliations
C. Michel, Lab. des Matériaux Avancés, CNRS (France)
N. Morgado, Lab. des Matériaux Avancés, CNRS (France)
L. Pinard, Lab. des Matériaux Avancés, CNRS (France)
B. Sassolas, Lab. des Matériaux Avancés, CNRS (France)
R. Bonnand, Lab. des Matériaux Avancés, CNRS (France)
J. Degallaix, Lab. des Matériaux Avancés, CNRS (France)
D. Forest, Lab. des Matériaux Avancés, CNRS (France)
R. Flaminio, Lab. des Matériaux Avancés, CNRS (France)
G. Billingsley, California Institute of Technology (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8550:
Optical Systems Design 2012
Laurent Mazuray; Daniel G. Smith; Jean-Luc M. Tissot; Tina E. Kidger; Frank Wyrowski; Stuart David; Rolf Wartmann; Jeffrey M. Raynor; Andrew P. Wood; Pablo Benítez; Andreas Erdmann; Marta C. de la Fuente, Editor(s)

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