Studies of silicon test mass properties for future gravitational wave detectors

Vahid Jaberian Hamedan

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

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The sensitivity of current gravitational wave detectors is limited by a variety of noise sources. Further improvements require significant modifications in the interferometer structure and operation. Operating at cryogenic temperatures, increasing laser power, and changing the optics materials are some of the proposed modifications for future gravitational wave detectors. The excellent properties of silicon at cryogenic temperatures make it one of the most interesting materials for future test masses. However, using Si test masses has some challenges, such as birefringence. In this thesis, some of the main silicon properties for use in future gravitational wave detectors were discussed.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
  • Zhao, Chunnong, Supervisor
  • Ju, Li, Supervisor
  • Blair, Carl, Supervisor
Award date26 May 2023
Publication statusUnpublished - 2023


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