Suspension and advance material for future gravitation wave detectors

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

Abstract

Suspension and advance material for future gravitation wave detectors

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Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
ST/N504075/1 01/10/2015 30/09/2020
1653089 Studentship ST/N504075/1 01/10/2015 31/03/2019 Karl William Toland
 
Description LIGO Visitor
Amount $2,737 (USD)
Organisation LIGO Scientific Collaboration 
Sector Academic/University
Country United States
Start 01/2018 
End 01/2018
 
Description Long Term Attachment
Amount £4,307 (GBP)
Organisation Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2017 
End 07/2017
 
Title Thin fibre pulling machine and characterisation apparatus 
Description This machine has been designed to produce sub 20 micron fused silica fibres for use in prototype gravitational wave detectors. Profiling machines that use shadow sensing techniques and a strength tester has also been developed. 
Type Of Technology Systems, Materials & Instrumental Engineering 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact They have been used heavily within our research group to provide appropriate fibres for use in monolithic suspensions 
 
Description Explorathon - STEM in the Gorbals 
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 A stall was set up to talk to the general public about gravitational waves and what Glasgow's contribution was to the LIGO project that discovered gravitational waves. This event lasted for several hours with the public coming up to the stalls for discussions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Festival of Physics 2018 - Dynamic Earth 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Festival of Physics at Dynamic Earth was a public science event. My role was participating with colleagues in the Institute for Gravitational Research talking to the general public about gravitational waves and Glasgow's involvement and contribution to LIGO.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Glasgow Science Festival - Innovates at Kelvingrove 
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 A large scale mosaic was made of a gravitational wave signal by cutting up old research posters and papers and coloured in by the public. These bits were then glued onto a large frame that would make the image of the signal the LIGO detectors observed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Glasgow Science Festival - Meet the Black hole Hunters 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact While working at LIGO Hanford in the USA, I was part of a skype interview in Glasgow during the Meet the Black Hole Hunters event at the Glasgow Science Festival that involved me describing what my role in the collaboration was and how the detectors work. There was also a Q&A with the audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description School Visit (Glasgow Gaelic School) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact A talk on the discovery of gravitational waves and what they are was given to two classes of primary 7 pupils. The talks were followed by experimental demonstrations of the curvature of space time and how an interferometer works.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016