Lasers and squeezed light

Lasers and squeezed light

The AEI has a long history in the design, fabrication and installation of lasers and squeezed light sources in ground based gravitational-wave interferometry.

Pre-stabilized high power lasers were developed for and installed at GEO600 and Advanced LIGO and squeezed-light sources developed and built at the AEI improve the sensitivity of GEO600 and Advanced Virgo. Currently the “Lasers and squeezed light” group at the AEI focuses its research and development on stabilized high power lasers and non-classical light sources for next generation gravitational-wave detectors.

High power lasers for current and future gravitational-wave detectors

The interferometric measurement of the effects of gravitational waves requires custom-made high power laser sources with extremely low power and frequency noise. We have developed and built these laser sources for the current network of gravitational-wave detectors together with the Laser Zentrum Hannover.

Laser stabilization

The continuous improvement of ground-based gravitational-wave detectors (GWDs) and the preparations for next GWDs place high demands on their stabilized laser sources. The laser source for the interferometric measurement in the GWDs has to be single mode, lineary polarized, single frequency and with low laser noise. Its frequency noise and power noise have to be actively and passively stabilized to reach the required stability.

Lasers for ALPS

We are providing major parts of the experimental setup for ALPS II (Any Light Particle Search II) while conducting pathfinder laboratory experiments. ALPS II at DESY in Hamburg is looking for a new, light-weight, set of elementary particles.

Squeezed light

The use of squeezed vacuum states of light is a key component of current and future gravitational-wave detectors, which will be limited by quantum mechanical noise over a large part of their frequency band.

Members of the research group

Nina Bode
PhD Student
  • +49 511 762-17076
Joscha Heinze
PhD Student
  • +49 511 762-17170
Dr. Kanioar Karan
Junior Scientist/Postdoc
  • +49 511 762-17053
Nicole Knust
PhD Student
  • +49 511 762-17131
Fabian Meylahn
PhD Student
  • +49 511 762-19476
Michaela Pickenpack
Research Engineer
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Michael Steinke
Adjunct Researcher
Dr. Marina Trad Nery
Junior Scientist/Postdoc
  • +49 511 762-12799
Dr. Henning Vahlbruch
Senior Scientist
  • +49 511 762-17092
Jasper Venneberg
PhD Student
  • +49 511 762-17178
  • +49 511 762-17150
Benjamin von Behren
Bachelor Student
  • +49 511 762-17131
Dr. Felix Wellmann
Adjunct Researcher
  • +49 511 2788-275
Apl. Prof. Dr. Benno Willke
Research Group Leader
  • +49 511 762-2360
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