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A compact actively damped vibration isolation platform for optical experiments in ultra-high vacuum

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posted on 2023-11-30, 17:52 authored by Álvaro Fernández-Galiana, Lee McCuller, Jeff Kissel, Lisa Barsotti, John Miller, Maggie Tse, Matthew Evans, Stuart M. Aston, Thomas J. Shaffer, Arnaud Pele, Janeen H. Romie, Betsy Weaver, Richard Abbott, Peter Fritschel, Nergis Mavalvala, Fabrice Matichard
We present a tabletop six-axis vibration isolation system, compatible with Ultra-High Vacuum (UHV), which is actively damped and provides 25 dB of isolation at 10 Hz and 65 dB at 100 Hz. While this isolation platform has been primarily designed to support optics in the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) detectors, it is suitable for a variety of applications. The system has been engineered to facilitate the construction and assembly process, while minimizing cost. The platform provides passive isolation for six degrees of freedom using a combination of vertical springs and horizontal pendula. It is instrumented with voice-coil actuators and optical shadow sensors to damp the resonances. All materials are compatible with stringent vacuum requirements. Thanks to its architecture, the system's footprint can be adapted to meet spatial requirements, while maximizing the dimensions of the optical table. Three units are currently operating for LIGO. We present the design of the system, controls principle, and experimental results.

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