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Einstein gravitational-wave Telescope

Objective

This project concerns the study and the conceptual design for a new infrastructure that will bring Europe to the forefront of the most promising new development in our quest to understand the history and future of the Universe, the emergence of the field of Gravitational Wave Astronomy. We are proposing to study the conceptual design of a new European infrastructure, a GW observatory that could cover the complete frequency range from about 1 Hz to 10 kHz that is potentially observable from ground. We are aiming at the identification of the possible technologies and design characteristics that could lead to an amplitude sensitivity more than a hundred times that of the existing first generation devices. This will increase the observable volume of the universe and, correspondingly, the event rate by a factor of more than one million. This formidable task will be achieved by combining all presently known scientific breakthroughs of measurement science in a single observatory. In fact, to realize such a third generation gravitational wave detector a formidable, but possible, progress in non-classical light, advanced lasers emitting hundreds of Watt of continuous power, novel signal enhancing techniques, interferometry by using diffractive optics, cryogenic cooling of critical optical components, vibration isolation techniques, monolithic suspensions for the optical components is required.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/astronomy
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/optics
  • /humanities/history and archaeology/history
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/optics/laser physics

Call for proposal

FP7-INFRASTRUCTURES-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Coordinator

EUROPEAN GRAVITATIONAL OBSERVATORY(EGO) (OSSERVATORIO GRAVITAZIO NALEEUROPEO)
Address
Via Edoardo Amaldi Santo Stefano A Macerata
56021 Cascina
Italy
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 869 800
Administrative Contact
Veronica Colautti (Ms.)

Participants (7)

ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI FISICA NUCLEARE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 635 488
Address
Via Enrico Fermi 54
00044 Frascati
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Pierpaolo Cinque (Dr.)
MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 261 388
Address
Hofgartenstrasse 8
80539 Munich
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Christiane Roos (Ms.)
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 306 000
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Cedric Bosaro (Mr.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 158 374
Address
Edgbaston
B15 2TT Birmingham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Robert Fekete (Mr.)
UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 296 680
Address
University Avenue
G12 8QQ Glasgow
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Joe Galloway (Mr.)
VERENIGING VOOR CHRISTELIJK HOGER ONDERWIJS WETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK EN PATIENTENZORG
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 229 560
Address
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Johannes, Franciscus, Josephina Van Den Brand (Prof.)
CARDIFF UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 232 785
Address
Newport Road 30-36
CF24 ODE Cardiff
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Nick Bodycombe (Mr.)