Below a few tens of hertz interferometric detection of gravitational waves is masked by seismic vibrations of the optical components. In order to isolate the mirrors of the VIRGO interferometer, a sophisticated suspension system, called superattenuator, has been developed. Its working principle is based on a multistage pendulum acting on seismic vibrations as a chain of second order mechanical low-pass filters. A complete superattenuator has been built and tested. This apparatus allows extending the VIRGO detection band down to a few Hz. A detailed description of the attenuation system and its performance are presented in this article. (C) 2001 American Institute of Physics.

Measurement of the VIRGO superattenuator performance for seismic noise suppression

FIDECARO, FRANCESCO;Passaquieti R;POGGIANI, ROSA;
2001

Abstract

Below a few tens of hertz interferometric detection of gravitational waves is masked by seismic vibrations of the optical components. In order to isolate the mirrors of the VIRGO interferometer, a sophisticated suspension system, called superattenuator, has been developed. Its working principle is based on a multistage pendulum acting on seismic vibrations as a chain of second order mechanical low-pass filters. A complete superattenuator has been built and tested. This apparatus allows extending the VIRGO detection band down to a few Hz. A detailed description of the attenuation system and its performance are presented in this article. (C) 2001 American Institute of Physics.
Ballardin, G; Bracci, L; Braccini, S; Bradaschia, C; Casciano, C; Calamai, G; Cavalieri, R; Cecchi, R; Cella, G; Cuoco, E; D'Ambrosio, E; Dattilo, V; Di Virgilio, A; Fabbroni, L; Fidecaro, Francesco; Frasconi, F; Gaddi, A; Gennai, A; Gennaro, G; Giazotto, A; Losurdo, G; Holloway, L; La Penna, P; Lelli, F; Majorana, E; Mazzoni, M; Paoletti, F; Pasotti, M; Pasqualetti, A; Passaquieti, R; Passuello, D; Poggiani, Rosa; Puppo, P; Raffaelli, F; Rapagnani, P; Ricci, F; Ruggi, P; Stanga, R; Taddei, R; Vetrano, F; Vicere, A; Zhang, Z.
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