Einstein Telescope R&D

Lead Research Organisation: Cardiff University
Department Name: School of Physics and Astronomy

Abstract

The ET-R&D project is aimed at essential R&D tasks in preparation for a technical design of the Einstein Telescope, a 3rd generation, underground gravitational wave detector. While the basic design mostly relies on techniques well developed and tested for the advanced detectors, several aspects still require R&D with long lead times. We propose to target the most important of these topics in this ET-R&D project via 5 working groups (WGs).
WG1 will explore how well astrophysical source models and GR itself can be tested with ET, and how much information on the dynamics of the universe can be extracted from the data. WG2 will collect long term seismic data for various candidate sites and develop methods for measuring the seismic motion which directly couples to the test mass motion, with the goal of developing subtraction techniques. WG3 will investigate properties of cryogenic optics essential for lowering detector thermal noise and providing good low frequency performance. The control of various interferometer degrees of freedom and noise correlations in the data of the three different ET detectors will be studied in WG4. WG5 will focus on overall project management.

Planned Impact

This is an R&D project that will create novel search algorithms and theoretical models for astronomical systems. The outcome of this research will have impact both within the ET project but also within the wider astronomy and cosmology communities.
 
Description Einstein Telescope Mock Data and Science Challenge completed and paper written up. The science case for ET is continuously being developed.
Exploitation Route The science case can be used to justify the Research and Development that is required to build Einstein Telescope.
Sectors Education

 
Description Astroparticle Physics European Consortium
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Chair, Science Potential Working Group, ET R&D project
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Einstein Telescope R&D, Governing Council
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description KAGRA Programme Advisory Board
Geographic Reach Asia 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Virgo Science & Technology Advisory Committee
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description ASPERA Common Call
Amount £45,631 (GBP)
Funding ID ST/L000342/1 
Organisation Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2013 
End 03/2016
 
Description Advanced LIGO Operations Grant
Amount £901,107 (GBP)
Funding ID ST/I006285/1 
Organisation Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2011 
End 07/2015
 
Description ET Design Study
Amount £207,954 (GBP)
Funding ID EU - ECC211743 
Organisation European Commission 
Department Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 05/2008 
End 07/2011
 
Description Royal Society University Research Fellowship
Amount £803,198 (GBP)
Funding ID 516002.K5869/R OG 
Organisation The Royal Society 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2007 
End 09/2014
 
Description ET R&D 
Organisation European Commission
Department Einstein Telescope
Country European Union (EU) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Provide mock data challenge and assess the science case for a third generation gravitational wave detector
Collaborator Contribution R&D for 3rd generation gravitational wave detector
Impact None yet
Start Year 2013
 
Description Einstein Telescope 
Organisation University of Glasgow
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Scientific case for building a third generation gravitational wave detector
Collaborator Contribution Design study for the detector
Impact ET Conceptual Design Study document
Start Year 2008
 
Description Relativita, Festival Delle Scienze, 22 May 2016 Rome, Italy 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Participated in science festival.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016