E-TEST & ETpathfinder – differences, synergies and complementarities
- ETpathfinder (2019 – 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 – 31.07.2023): Development of technology for the Einstein Telescope in two separated domains:
1- Geological exploration and analysis of EMR region and determining the optimal ET site.
2- Development of advanced concepts for optics, cryogenics and seismic isolation.
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 10 Kelvin (much colder than the 120 Kelvin foreseen for ETpathfinder in its initial phase). 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 been granted, and has just 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.