- Conference date: 19-23 June 2006
- Location: Greenbelt, Maryland (USA)
In the LISA mission, incoming gravitational waves will modulate the distance between proof masses while laser beams monitor the optical path length changes with 20 pm/ accuracy. Optical path length changes between bench components or the relative motion between the primary and secondary mirrors of the telescope need to be well below this level to result in a successful operation of LISA. The reference cavity for frequency stabilization must have a dimensional stability of a few fm/√Hz. While the effects of temperature fluctuations are well characterized in most materials at the macroscopic level (i.e. coefficients of thermal expansion), microscopic material internal processes and long term processes in the bonds between different components can dominate the dimensional stability at the pm or fm levels. Zerodur and ULE have been well studied, but the ultimate stabilities of other materials like silicon carbide or CFRP are virtually unknown. Chemical bonding techniques, like hydroxide bonding, provide significantly stronger bonds than the standard optical contacts. However, the noise levels of these bonds are also unknown. In this paper we present our latest results on the stability of silicon carbide and hydroxide bonds on Zerodur.
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