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Zygo Wins Optics Order for Virgo Project

Photonics.com
Mar 2013
MIDDLEFIELD, Conn., March 5, 2013 — The Optical Systems Div. of Zygo Corp. has received an order from Laboratoire des Materiaux Avances to manufacture a series of very-high-precision optics for the European Advanced Virgo project.

Advanced Virgo is an upgrade of the Virgo detector located near Pisa, Italy. The second-generation instrument has an order-of-magnitude improvement in sensitivity to explore a volume of universe 1000 times larger than Virgo. The instrument will detect gravitational waves originating from cosmic sources as predicted by Albert Einstein.

The optics for the device will be manufactured by Zygo’s Precision Optics and Extreme Precision Optics groups in Middlefield and in Richmond, Calif.

For more information, visit: www.zygo.com



GLOSSARY
gravitational waves
Postulated by Einstein in his theory of relativity. They are waves traveling at the speed of light and exerting force on matter in their path. They are produced by changes in the distribution of matter.
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