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Preparations and R&D for the Einstein Telescope take place partly through projects in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.

Geological survey

Geological surveys will take place in 2024 in the Belgian and Dutch search area for the Einstein Telescope. With exploratory drilling and so-called geophysical-seismic surveys, the Einstein Telescope – EMR project office aims to get a better geological picture of the soil.

ET Technologies

The ET Technologies project covers various aspects. Within this project, researchers and companies work on specific technologies for the Einstein Telescope, geological research and spin-off of technology to other sectors. The project focuses on the Netherlands and complements other research and work within ETpathfinder, E-TEST and ET2SMEs. One of the subprojects focuses on the sustainability […]

Gravitational waves: the new cosmic messengers

This project contributes to improving the existing Virgo gravity wave observatory in Pisa. At the same time, parts of this project also serve as R&D for the Einstein Telescope. These include the development and testing of instrumentation and software that compensates for Newtonian Noise, the realisation of a 60 cm diameter mirror and the development […]

Laser bench - credit: Virgo
Third Generation Gravitational Wave Telescope

In this project, 14 German universities are joining forces to work on technology for third generation gravitational wave detectors, including the Einstein Telescope. The project works on, among other things, the measurement of seismic disturbances and the development of crystalline fibres to support the large mirrors. The funding is part of a larger programme that […]

Gravitational waves. Credits: Caltech / JPL / R. Hurt
Exploring the dark universe with gravitational waves: from quantum optics to quantum gravitation

Four Flemish universities combine their expertise in this project, which forms the Flemish Gravitational Waves Consortium. Their expertise comes together in the fields of theory, astrophysics, data analysis and instrumentation. This relates to existing detectors as well as future gravitational wave observatories including the Einstein Telescope. The research focuses on three themes: precision testing of […]

SILENT : Seismic isolation of the Einstein Telescope

Measuring gravitational waves remains a challenge, because the seismic activity of the earth itself can interfere with the signal. In the SILENT (Seismic IsoLation of EinsteiN Telescope) project, researchers are working on an incredibly stable platform that ‘floats in space’ and special sensors that can help distinguish the gravitational wave signal from noise. To achieve […]

Virgo detector for gravitational waves. Source: Virgo
Virgo: physics with gravitational waves

Within this project, a number of French-speaking universities in Belgium are working on data analysis, computing and instrumentation for gravitational wave detectors. This concerns existing detectors such as Virgo, but also the Einstein Telescope. During the analyses, the expansion of the computing grid and the development of phase cameras, researchers are already taking into account […]

Completed projects

The following Einstein Telescope projects have already been completed.

Pilot study on civil engineering cost Einstein Telescope

An initial study was made into the costs and duration of the drilling and excavation work for the Einstein Telescope. The results have been included in a cost book, which was part of the application to be included in the European Roadmap for Large Research Infrastructures (ESFRI-Roadmap). The Einstein Telescope has been included in the […]

Socio-economic impact study

In 2018, Technopolis Group studied the expected impact of the Einstein Telescope. The study shows that hosting the Einstein Telescope is likely to have a positive impact on both the scientific position and the economy. According to this study, investing in the ETpathfinder R&D facility will certainly be beneficial, even if the Einstein Telescope does […]