A 6D interferometric inertial isolation system

Conor M. Mow-Lowry, Denis Martynov

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We present a novel inertial-isolation scheme based on six degree-of-freedom (6D) interferometric sensing of a single reference mass. It is capable of reducing inertial motion by more than two orders of magnitude at 100\,mHz compared with what is achievable with state-of-the-art seismometers. This will enable substantial improvements in the low-frequency sensitivity of gravitational-wave detectors. The scheme is inherently two-stage, the reference mass is softly suspended within the platform to be isolated, which is itself suspended from the ground. The platform is held constant relative to the reference mass and this closed-loop control effectively transfers the low acceleration-noise of the reference mass to the platform. A high loop gain also reduces non-linear couplings and dynamic range requirements in the soft-suspension mechanics and the interferometric sensing.
Original languageEnglish
Article number245006
JournalClassical and Quantum Gravity
Issue number24
Early online date15 Oct 2019
Publication statusPublished - 14 Nov 2019


  • astro-ph.IM
  • gr-qc
  • physics.ins-det


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