Suspension platform interferometer for the AEI 10 m prototype: concept, design and optical layout

K Dahl, G Heinzel, B Willke, K A Strain, S Goßler, K Danzmann
2012 Classical and quantum gravity  
At present a 10\,m prototype interferometer facility is being set up at the AEI Hannover. One unique feature of the prototype will be the suspension platform interferometer (SPI). The purpose of the SPI is to monitor and stabilise the relative motion between three seismically isolated optical tables. The in-vacuum tables are suspended in an L-shaped configuration with an arm length of 11.65\,m. The design goal of the SPI is to stabilise longitudinal differential displacements to a level of
more » ... to a level of 100\,pm/$\sqrt{\mathrm{Hz}}$ between 10\,mHz and 100\,Hz and relative angular noise of 10\,nrad/$\sqrt{\mathrm{Hz}}$ in the same frequency band. This paper covers the design aspects of the SPI, e.g. cross-coupling between the different degrees of freedom and fibre pointing noise are investigated. A simulation is presented which shows that with the chosen optical design of the SPI all degrees of table motion can be sensed in a fully decoupled way. Furthermore, a proof of principle test of the SPI sensing scheme is shown.
doi:10.1088/0264-9381/29/9/095024 fatcat:epbotqltizcsth6utfp2y24dxq