HPD's Seismic Isolation Platforms used in LIGO project

Following the 2015 discovery of gravitational waves, it was almost inevitable that the LIGO collaboration would be selected for a swift Nobel Prize in Physics. Merely two years later, Kip S. Thorne, Barry C. Sharp, and Rainer Weiss share the prize on behalf of the whole LIGO collaboration. And the committee wasted no time, as the initial detection announcement came out after the window to nominate scientists for the 2016 prize.


High Precision Devices, Inc. (HPD) is honored to have engaged with the LIGO team as a technology partner for various aspects of the detectors and prototype systems since 2003. Most notably HPD was approached for the design and manufacture of seismic isolation platforms that act as a stable foundation for optical elements in the beam path. The LIGO team came to HPD with a clear understanding of their goals and key specifications. The HPD and LIGO collaborated closely, relying on their unique strengths to quickly bring a great solution to the challenging task. More recently HPD has engaged with the team on cryogenic aspects of the system design.


Detecting gravitational waves is among the most difficult scientific measurements ever performed anywhere. Einstein noted in his research that he thought the possibility of direct observation of the waves is an impossible task. The LIGO observatories are providing scientists with a new, powerful tool, allowing them to look at astronomical events not observable with traditional light-based telescopes.



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