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European gravitational wave detector falters

  1. Feb 17, 2017 #1

    DrClaude

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    http://science.sciencemag.org/conte...mag_2017-02-16&et_rid=34818699&et_cid=1169695
    Bummer :frown:
     
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  3. Feb 17, 2017 #2
    This piece takes a little less fatalistic viewpoint, Virgo will have a reduced sensitivity during the refit but overall plans look promising for the fix. :smile:
    http://www.nature.com/news/ligo-s-u...ve-hunt-1.21437?WT.mc_id=SFB_NNEWS_1508_RHBox
    "A task force concluded that stray microscopic particles were to blame and that an upgrade to the systems keeping the mirrors under high vacuum should fix the problem, says Swinkels. But for now, the lab plans to forge ahead with the steel wires and replace them later with the silica fibres."
     
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