November 6-7, 2017 | Stanford University
CMS Co-Founder Garrett Cole attended the kick-off meeting for the newly launched LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC) Center for Coatings Research (CCR), held during the first week of November at Stanford University. Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the CCR seeks to extend the reach of next-generation gravitational wave detectors by addressing the dominant noise source limiting their performance, namely thermal noise in the interferometer end mirrors. This noise arises from dissipation processes driven by the thermal excitation of the vibrational modes of the optics and ultimately reduces the number of observable gravitational wave signals from astronomical sources. The CCR combines groups from across the United States working on computational modeling of amorphous materials, deposition of coatings, and characterization of their atomic structure and macroscopic properties. CMS, along with MLD Technologies and LMA, will participate as industrial partners, working with long-time collaborators including Prof. Gregg Harry‘s group from American University in Washington DC and Prof. Steven Penn‘s group at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, in Geneva, New York. The ten academic institutions that form the CCR are: American University; California State University, Los Angeles; California State University, Fullerton; Colorado State University; Hobart and William Smith Colleges; Stanford University; Syracuse University; University of California, Berkeley; University of Florida; and Whitman College.