Albert Einstein Institute 10 m Prototype

The AEI 10 m Prototype Facility is a laboratory located in in Hannover, Germany which will host an ultra-low noise 10 m interferometer for prototyping new technology for gravitational wave detectors.


  • Sub-SQL beam splitter installed

    The core beam splitter for the Sub-SQL Interferometer has been installed into the vacuum system and is now freely hanging in its triple suspension system. Unlike typical beam splitters used in gravitational wave detectors, the shape of our beam splitter is rectangular rather than round. This is because the beam splitter should be wide enough […]

  • Philip Koch defends PhD

    Congratulations to Philip Koch for successfully defending his PhD thesis titled “Design, Suspension and Optical Characterization of the Beam Splitter and Output Mode Cleaner for the AEI 10 m Prototype”. Philip’s thesis work covered a range of topics including: the thickness homogeneity of crystalline AlGaAs/GaAs high reflectivity coatings the design, construction and characterisation of the […]

  • PhD positions in the AEI 10m Prototype

    We have openings for talented and highly motivated students to join the AEI 10m Prototype as PhD students to work on bringing the sub-SQL interferometer online and to its design sensitivity. Topics will include the design and installation of suspended optics, interferometer control, scattered light mitigation, and noise identification and suppression. The closing date for […]