The Federal Ministry of Education and Research supports the development of the Einstein Telescope

For the next generation of gravitational-wave detectors on Earth: Laser development and squeezed-light research in Hannover

July 24, 2020

Fourteen German universities and non-university research institutions will receive a total of approximately 2 million Euros from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). This funding enables physicists and geophysicists to conduct research on various technological aspects of the Einstein telescope. These include, for example, seismic measurements and the development of crystalline fibers for suspending the mirrors.

At the Institute for Gravitational Physics of Leibniz Universität Hannover, in close cooperation with the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics and the QuantumFrontiers Cluster of Excellence, a laser source for the Einstein Telescope Pathfinder – a prototype of the observatory – is to be developed and tested in Hannover and installed in the prototype in Maastricht. In addition, the participating researchers will investigate questions concerning the generation of squeezed light and the use of this technology in 3rd generation gravitational wave detectors. The BMBF funds will be used to finance an additional doctoral student position in Hannover.

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