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Einstein gravitational-wave Telescope

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 211743

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    5 May 2008

  • End date

    4 July 2011

Funded under:

FP7-INFRASTRUCTURES

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 995 466,20

  • EU contribution

    € 2 990 075

Coordinated by:

EUROPEAN GRAVITATIONAL OBSERVATORY(EGO) (OSSERVATORIO GRAVITAZIO NALEEUROPEO)

Italy

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.
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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

MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 261 388

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 306 000

THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 158 374

UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 296 680

VERENIGING VOOR CHRISTELIJK HOGER ONDERWIJS WETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK EN PATIENTENZORG

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 229 560

CARDIFF UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 232 785

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 211743

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    5 May 2008

  • End date

    4 July 2011

Funded under:

FP7-INFRASTRUCTURES

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 995 466,20

  • EU contribution

    € 2 990 075

Coordinated by:

EUROPEAN GRAVITATIONAL OBSERVATORY(EGO) (OSSERVATORIO GRAVITAZIO NALEEUROPEO)

Italy