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The mechanical stability of instrumentation for gravitational wave detection

Dixon, George (2011)
Ph.D. thesis, University of Birmingham.

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This thesis opens with a brief review of the aspects of gravitational waves which are relevant for detector design and engineering, and an introduction to the LISA and LISA Pathfinder missions. The thesis describes original work carried out to support the LISA Pathfinder mission at the University of Birmingham. The salient space mission quality requirements and mission specific technical and documentation requirements are set out. The classical and computer based mechanical analysis, birefringence optical inspections, and linear elastic fracture mechanics and fracture control engineering which were applied to support flight acceptance of the brittle glass-ceramic optical bench interferometer structure are presented. The design of a new photodiode mount is shown and justified, while the mechanical, optical, and electrical analysis, electrical and optical testing and, finally, the installation and alignment of the photodiodes are presented.

Type of Work:Ph.D. thesis.
Supervisor(s):Cruise, Michael
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Engineering & Physical Sciences
Department:School of Physics and Astronomy
Subjects:QC Physics
Institution:University of Birmingham
ID Code:1770
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