E-TEST & ETpathfinder – differences, synergies and complementarities
- ETpathfinder (03.06.2019 – 31.12.2022): Construction of a long-term Infrastructure for testing future gravitational-wave detector technologies and concepts in a complete interferometer within an ET-like environment.
- E-TEST (01.02.2020 – 31.12.2023): Development of technology for the Einstein Telescope in two separated domains:
1- Geological exploration and analysis of Euregio Meuse-Rhine region and determining the optimal site to implement the Einstein Telescope at 250 meters under the ground surface.
2- Development of advanced concepts for optics, cryogenics and seismic isolation. The technologies will be validated/demonstrated in relevant environment at the CSL ULiège (end TRL5/ beginning TRL6).
Both initiatives can be seen as the development of expertise centers to make the links between gravitational-wave science, its technological aspects and the huge number of economical actors involved into such development, present in the Euregio Meuse-Rhine.
The main difference between the two projects, apart from the geological part which is unique to E-TEST, is that ETpathfinder results in a full facility laser-interferometer that can be used by knowledge institutes and (SME) companies for developing and testing new technologies. On the other side E-TEST will result in a prototype in a vacuum chamber and optical instruments working at 25 Kelvin , close to the absolute zero (much colder than the 120 Kelvin foreseen for ETpathfinder). Knowledge institutes and companies can use E-TEST results to develop and test new products or gain new insights/knowledge.
Due to their complementarity, both projects will work in synergy. Moreover, at the end, the outputs of both will be merged and implemented into the ET. The region will gain a massive competitive edge in this field via E-TEST and ETpathfinder.
ET2SMEs (01.03.2021 – 31.12.2023): maximising the economic and social impact of the implementation of the Einstein telescope in the Euregio Meuse-Rhine.
This project has started on March 1st 2021.
It’s aim is the promotion of cooperation between SMEs, large companies and R&D institutions that deal with ET-relevant key technologies in a broad understanding and towards multiple application fields by initiating SME-driven cross-border R&D projects.
The ET2SMEs value chain is the following one:
ET2SMEs provides to companies:
- a professional online mapping of all SMEs, companies but also research centers and Universities in the Euregio Meuse-Rhine, and later on a mapping on a 3D model of the Einstein telescope in function of the technology needed.
- Networking and consortia building: company visits, organization of technology workshops, participation to big fairs
- innovation vouchers worth between €25,000 and €50,000 for high-quality R&D projects on ET-relevant technologies launched across borders by at least two companies, including one SME.
- opportunity to participate in an ET Industrial Advisory Board, jointly organized by E-TEST, ETpathfinder & ET2SMEs, between companies and research, for the large-scale installation, as a dialogue partner and advisor, now and in the years to come.