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1 Past, present and future of Gravitational Wave detection Science J. Alberto Lobo, Bellaterra, 13-October-2004

2 Presentation summary 1.Current GW detection research status: Acoustic detectors Interferometers LISA 2.LPF and the LTP 3.The Diagnostics and DMU subsystems 4.Future prospects

3 Earth based GW detectors There are two detection concepts at present Acoustic detection: Interferometric detection: Based on resonant amplification of GW induced tidal effects. Based on GW induced phase shifts on e.m. waves. VIRGO, LIGO, GEO-600, TAMA EXPLORER, NAUTILUS, AURIGA, ALLEGRO, NIOBE

4 Bar concept Idea of an acoustic detector (bar) is to link masses with a spring: so that and GW signal gets selectively amplified around frequency . Strong directionality

5 Real bar detectors J. Weber Two well separated aluminum bars (~1000 km) Resonance at ~1 kHz Piezoelectric non-resonant transducers Impulse sensitivity: h~ Coincidence analysis Tens of sightings claimed in one year Claims questioned and eventually disproved Hawking and Gibbons: energy innovation theory Giffard: bar quantum limit New generation cryogenic and ultra-cryogenic bars

6 EXPLORER detector at CERN (ROG)

7 NAUTILUS, Frascati Dilution refrigerator: 50 mK Resonant transducer h ~ 5x10 -19

8 Resonant motion sensor Principle: Resonant energy transfer to & fro Mecahnical amplification Beat spectrum:

9 Bar detector sensitivity Maximum bandwidth: NAUTILUS, 1999

10 IGEC IGEC (International Gravitational Event Collaboration) Essential resultsEssential results: No impulse signals above 4x Negligible false alarm when n>3 (<1/10 4 years) Various controversial, single detector claims available… Remarkable… but insufficient

11 MiniGrail, Leiden

12 Interferometric detector working principle Resonance condition :

13 Interferometric detector design Fabry-Pérot arms: Photodiode: dark fringe: Photon flux waste Shot noise important Light recycling technique: Power recycling Signal recycling Delay lines

14 Details of VIRGO Cascina site, near Pisa

15 Details of VIRGO Vacuum pipe Highly reflecting mirror

16 Summary status of LIGO Nov. 1999: Official inauguration Feb. 2002: Engineering run E7, 6 months Sep. 2002: Science run S1, 17 days, + TAMA + GEO-600 Feb. 2003: Science run S2, 59 days, Nov. 2003: Science run S3, 70 days, + TAMA + GEO-600 End of 2004: Science run S4: ~4 weeks Spring 2005: Commissioning, ~6 months Autumn 2005: Science run S5, ~6 months After: Full observatory operation

17 LIGO Science run S3, and GEO-600


19 there are many GW sources at low frequencies Earth-based detectors are seismic noise limited If… but… then… the solution is to go out to space


21 Brief chronology: 1993.Europe/US team submits LISA proposal as M3 project of ESA’s Horizon-2000 Science Programme LISA is changed to cornerstone mission in ESA’s Horizon-2000 Plus, and approved as ESA alone  New studies to reduce cost: LISA is redefined as a three S/C Constellation, 1.4 ton payload.  NASA joins in (50% + 50%), launch advanced to ~ ESA’s FPAG recommends industrial study phase System & Technology Study begins. Prime is Dornier Satellitensysteme, LIST strongly involved Final Report delivered to ESA TRIP Review panel considers LISA medium risk ESA’s 4 th Nov SPC approves LISA, and LPF NASA’s new exploration programme defers LISA to 2013.

22 LISA concept Test masses 5 million km, 30 mHz Transponder scheme

23 LISA sensitivity

24 Comparison with Earth detectors

25 LISA’s assured sources

26 Cumulative Weekly S/N Ratios during Last Year Before MBH-MBH Coalescence


28 LISA orbit

29 Orbit dynamics 1 o inclination 0.01 eccentricity



32 The three spacecraft Thermal shield Downlink antennas FEEP Baffle Solar panels Support structures Science module Star tracker

33 The science module

34 LISA mission summary Detection of GWs, sensitivity: 4x at 1 mHz Payload: Objective: Six capacitive inertial sensors Six set of four FEEP per S/C Two lasers per S/C: ND-YAG, 1064 nm, 1 W Six test masses of Au-Pt alloy, 40 mm a side, in three S/C Fabry-Perot cavities, stability 30 Hz/sqrt(Hz), transponders Quadrant photodiode detectors, fringe resol: 30 cm Cassegrain telescopes Orbit:1 AU, 0.01 ecc, 1 deg ecliptic inclin, 20 deg behind Earth Launcher:NASA’s Delta, launch date: 2013 Spacecraft:Total mass: 1380 kg Total power: 940 W/composite Pointing performance: few n-rad/sqrt(Hz) in band Science data rate: 672 bps each S/C Telemetry:7 kps, 9 hour/2 days; Deep Space Network

35 LISA PathFinder (formerly SMART-2) LISA’s requirements are extremely demanding. Drag free subsystem can not be fully tested on Earth. A previous, smaller technology mission, will assess feasibility: LPF It will carry on board the LTP. However it will be in a smaller scale, both in size and sensitivity. Essentially, LTP will check: drag free technology picometre interferometry other important subsystems and software

36 LPF

37 LPF Funding Agencies and countries Mission: DLR SSO Payload: Prime contractor: – Platform: Astrium UK – Payload: Astrium Friedrichshafen

38 LTP concept 1. One LISA arm is squeezed to 30 centimetres: 2. Relax sensitivity by one order of magnitude, also in band: 30 cm LTP Objectives : Drag-free Interferometry Other…

39 LTP functional architecture Ground Support Equipment (GSE) LTP flight dynamics simulator Integration GSE IS GSE Optical metrology GSE

40 LPF orbit Lagrange L1 Launch: Sep-2008 Travel time: Mission lifetime: Launch vehicle: Rockot from Plesetsk

41 LTP functional architecture Inertial sensors (IS) Charge management system IS core Caging Mechanism IS Front End Electronics

42 Drag-free subsystem For LISA to work test masses must be (nominally) in free fall. But there are perturbations which tend to spoil this:  External agents, e.g., solar pressure, magnetic fields…  Internal disturbances, caused by instrumentation itself To compensate for these, a drag-free system is implemented. It has two fundamental components:  A position sensor  An actuation system

43 Drag-free working concept Courtesy of S. Vitale

44 Drag-free working concept Courtesy of S. Vitale

45 Drag-free working concept Courtesy of S. Vitale

46 Drag-free working concept Courtesy of S. Vitale

47 Drag-free working concept Courtesy of S. Vitale

48 Drag-free working concept Courtesy of S. Vitale

49 Drag-free working concept Courtesy of S. Vitale

50 Drag-free working concept Courtesy of S. Vitale

51 Drag-free working concept Courtesy of S. Vitale

52 Capacitive position sensing principle Bias: few volts at 100 kHz Nanometre precision comfortably attained

53 Rotational and translational control example

54 Inertial sensor structure

55 LTP functional architecture Optical Metrology Unit (OMU) Optical Metrology Front End Electronics Laser Unit Optical Bench Acousto-optic modulator Laser

56 LTP optical metrology To interferometer: Mach-Zender heterodyne Power = 1 mW =  m Signal:

57 LTP interferometer Reference x1-x2x1 Frequency Readout: quadrant InGaAs photodiodes A CD B

58 The LTP EM optical bench

59 The LTP EM OB: after-shake tests: phase

60 LTP functional architecture LTP structure (LTPS) Structure Gravitational balance system Thermal Shield

61 The LTP structure ASD, courtesy of S. Vitale

62 The LTP structure ASD, courtesy of S. Vitale

63 The LTP structure ASD, courtesy of S. Vitale

64 The LTP structure ASD, courtesy of S. Vitale

65 The LTP structure ASD, courtesy of S. Vitale

66 The LTP structure ASD, courtesy of S. Vitale

67 The science spacecraft The science spacecraft carries the the LTP and DRS, the micro-propulsion systems and the drag free control system. Total mass about 470kg Inertial sensor core assemblies mounted in a dedicated compartment within the central cylinder. DRS Colloid thrusters mounted on opposing outer panels. Payload electronics and spacecraft units accommodated as far away as possible from the sensors to minimise gravitational, thermal and magnetic disturbances. FEEP and cold-gas micro-propulsion assemblies arranged to provide full control in all axes. Courtesy of G. Racca

68 LTP functional architecture Diagnostics and Data Management Unit (DMU) Diagnostics end items DMU and diagnostics box

69 DDS: Data Management & Diagnostics Subsystem Diagnostics items: Purpose: – Noise split up Sensors for: – Temperature – Magnetic fields – Charged particles Calibration: – Heaters – Induction coils DMU: Purpose: – LTP computer Hardware: – Data Processing Unit (DPU) – Power Distribution Unit (PDU) – Data Acquisition Unit (DAU) Software: – Process phase-meter readout – Charge management control – UV light control – Caging mechanism drive (TBC) – DFACS split (?)

70 Noise analysis concept Test mass equation of motion (1 dimension): In frequency domain: Thus spurious forces fake GW signals, with spectral density: LTP top level science requirement rephrased:

71 Noise apportioning  Direct forces on test mass:  Thermal gradients  Magnetic forces  Fake interferometer noise  Coupling to S/C:  Test mass position fluctuations  Drag free response delay  Charged particle showers Diagnostics items

72 Noise reduction philosophy Problem: to assess the contribution of a given perturbation to the noise force f int. Approach: 1) Apply controlled perturbation  to the system 2) Measure “feed-through” coefficient between force and perturbation: 3) Measure actual  with suitable sensors 4) Estimate contribution of  by linear interpolation: 5) Substract out from total detected noise: 6) Iterate process for all identified perturbations

73 Example Courtesy of S. Vitale

74 Various diagnostics items  Temperature and temperature gradients: – Sensors: thermometers at suitable locations – Control: heaters at suitable locations  Magnetic fields and magnetic field gradients: – Sensors: magnetometers at suitable locations – Control: induction coils at suitable locations  Charged particle showers (protons): – Sensors: radiation monitor (Mona Lisa) – Control: non-existent Direct forces Coupled to S/C Specifications follow from mission top level requirements

75 Diagnostics science requirements Ref. num LISALTP Req. 107Temperature PSD (optical bench) K/  Hz Req. 108Temperature difference PSD (IS) K/  Hz10 -4 K/  Hz Value Magnetic Field  T  T/m Magnetic Field Fluctuation PSD 650 nT/  Hz 25 (nT/m)/  Hz Magnetic Field Gradient PSD Magnetic Field Gradient Magnitude Overflow for 10 8 p/cm 2 Solar Energetic Proton (SEP, >100 MeV) at peak flux B RM

76 DDS current development status Thermal: NTC and RTD devices identified and procured (EM) FEE designed and built (EM) First round of tests and data analysis complete New tests underway Magnetic: Some preliminary studies and surveys New team has recently assumed responsibility Radiation monitor: Full conceptual design ready Front-end Electronics Designed Rest of components selected from ESA/NASA qualified parts Some other parts to be defined DMU: In situ design and manufacture (price) Advanced state of development, redundancy requested Software writing in progress

77 Long term: – LISA is fully endorsed by FPAG and SSAC – Full, first class participation in LISA:  Technology developments  Science yield – LISA PathFinder:  Fulfill accepted LTP/DDS commitments MEC funds until 2007, 3.9 MEU New projects needed until LPF launch in 2008  Create qualified Science and Technology teams  Can Science already be done with LPF? Short-medium term: Conclusion and future prospects


79 End of presentation



82 Garching delay line prototype

83 Delta launcher

84 LPF operation orbit and injection


86 FEEP (Field Emission Electric Propulsion) Cs or In ions Range: 0.1  N < F < 100  N Resolution: 0.1  N Power: 50 mW/  N Negligible sloshing Long life: 9 gr/thruster.2 yr Low noise, no mechanical parts LISA needs six sets of four thrusters per S/C for full drag free control

87 The entire payload

88 Various launcher alternatives RockotDneprAriane 5

89 The LTP optical bench

90 Thermal diagnostics: current status Sensor choice: NTC & RTD to be tested

91 PIC  C HP A IEEE-488 USB RS232 USB FEE Al block FOAM CH0 CH1 CH2 CH3 CH4 CH5 CH6 CH7 MUX, GAIN control 16 bit data NTC type sensor RTD type sensor Reference resistor. Vishay S102J 10k  Test setup only. Not part of DMU-LTP LabVIEW NTC2 NTC1 NTC2 NTC3 NTC2 RTD1 RTD2 NTC3 NTC2 RTD2 Test Philosophy  Thermal diagnostics: current status

92 Thermal diagnostics: clean room at NTE

93 Thermal diagnostics: foaming process

94 Thermal diagnostics: sensor inserts

95 Thermal diagnostics: first NTC results

96 Magnetometer top level requirements from LTP magnetic requirements (TBC). Magnetic Field10 μT Magnetic Field Gradient 5 μT Magnetic Field PSD650 nT Magnetic Field Gradient PSD 25 nT Sample rate: 0.33 sample/second (x 3 components) Bits/sample: 16 Range: variable (± 10 μT, ± 30 μT ± 100 μT) Resolution (FS/2 16 ) variable (0.305 nT, 0.91 nT, 3.05 nT) Noise (for SNR=10 dB in ± 10 μT range) 40 pt / sqrt 0.15Hz Mass, power, drift. Survey of suitable magnetometer technologies. Candidate: Fluxgate Magnetometer. TechnologyFGMAMRMGMRMHEM MeasurementVectorial Range1 pT – 1 T100 pT- 1 T 1uT- 100 T Precision(noise) Hz Hz Hz10 1Hz Drift 0.2 nT/yr ppm/ºC (temp) 600 ppm/ºC (temp) 600 ppm/ºC (temp) 600 ppm/ºC Power Consumption<0.5W Magnetic diagnostics

97 Helmholtz coil configurations analysed: Preliminary magnetometer survey: flux-gate, Hall effect,…

98 Radiation monitor 18 x 18 mm 2 10 x 10 mm 2 10 mm Telescopic Configuration reduces the Angular acceptance on particles and gives a better spectral resolution.

99 Radiation Monitor Data Control & Analysis

100 DMU Block Diagram


102 DMU mechanical design



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