Abstract

VIRGO is a 3-km-arm laser interferometer for gravitational wave detection in the 20 Hz - 5 kHz frequency band. Its second-generation version, Advanced VIRGO, aims at reducing the detector noise by a factor of ten compared to the first generation, with the progressive deployment of new technologies and equipement [1]. The first detections of gravitational waves with VIRGO were made in August 2017 [2]. For its next scientific observations with an increased sensitivity, a pre-stabilized laser system twice as powerful has been developed. It comprises a new 100-W solid-state amplifier pumped at 878.7 nm. It is the first time such amplifier is integrated in a gravitational wave detector, LIGO detectors using a 70 W amplifier pumped at 808 nm. Power noise, long term power stability, frequency noise, beam jitter and transverse mode quality have been extensively studied and compared to Advanced VIRGO requirements.

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