May 6 – 10, 2024
Europe/Rome timezone

Two-coloured laser light to control the Einstein Telescope

May 7, 2024, 5:30 PM
1h 30m


Poster Instrument Science Board (ISB) Posters


The proposed Einstein Telescope (ET) will employ laser light to meticulously monitor the distance between two freely hanging mirrors suspended kilometres apart, enabling the precise detection of subtle distortions in spacetime known as gravitational waves.

For ET to achieve sensitivities greater than 10^-24/sqrt(Hz), various new technologies need to be developed and tested. One of these new advancements will be the switch to silicon based mirrors. Because of silicon's high absorption at lower wavelengths, new laser wavelengths are required. Two proposed solutions are the wavelengths of 1550nm and 2090nm, but these still need considerable development before implementation.

The Two-Colour Project aims to combine these two wavelengths to create a controlling system, based on principles used in the ALS (Arm Length Stabilisation) [4] system from current detectors. Additionally this concept could provide a solution for the poor photodetector characteristics at > 2 μm.

Primary authors

Sebastian Steinlechner Tobias Schoon (Maastricht University & Nikhef) Yuefan Guo (Nikhef)

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