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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 25 — Dec. 3, 2012
  • pp: 27273–27287

Verification of polarising optics for the LISA optical bench

Marina Dehne, Michael Tröbs, Gerhard Heinzel, and Karsten Danzmann  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 25, pp. 27273-27287 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.20.027273


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Abstract

The Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) is a space-based interferometric gravitational wave detector. In the current baseline design for the optical bench, the use of polarising optics is foreseen to separate optical beams. Therefore it is important to investigate the influence of polarising components on the interferometer sensitivity and validate that the required picometre stability in the low-frequency band (1 mHz – 1 Hz) is achievable. This paper discusses the design of the experiment and the implemented stabilisation loops. A displacement readout fulfilling the requirement in the whole frequency band is presented. Alternatively, we demonstrate improvement of the noise performance by implementing various algorithms in data post-processing, which leads to an additional robustness for the LISA mission.

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OCIS Codes
(120.0120) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology
(120.3180) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Interferometry
(230.5440) Optical devices : Polarization-selective devices

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

History
Original Manuscript: August 10, 2012
Revised Manuscript: October 22, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: October 22, 2012
Published: November 20, 2012

Citation
Marina Dehne, Michael Tröbs, Gerhard Heinzel, and Karsten Danzmann, "Verification of polarising optics for the LISA optical bench," Opt. Express 20, 27273-27287 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-20-25-27273


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