As a third generation gravitational wave detector the Einstein Telescope will require new technologies. Therefore E-TEST will build a prototype – a large suspended mirror at cryogenic temperature (10 Kelvin) to develop and test solutions for the upcoming challenges. It will also run an underground study to map and model the geology of the Euregio Meuse-Rhine. This will allow to define the optimal design and location of the future Einstein Telescope. The project is a major scientific breakthrough but will also have a significant economic impact on the SME of the Euregio Meuse-Rhine.
In E-TEST 11 partners from Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands work jointly towards establishing an Einstein Telescope in the Region Meuse-Rhine: Fraunhofer-Institut für Lasertechnik ILT, Hasselt University, KU Leuven University, Maastricht University, Nikhef – National Institute for Subatomic Physics, NMWP Management GmbH, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI), RWTH Aachen University, Université catholique de Louvain, and the University of Liège as Lead Partner.
The E-TEST project is carried out under the Interreg V-A Euregio Meuse-Rhine Programme, with €7.5 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia contributes to 30% of the funding of the North Rhine-Westphalian partners in this project. By investing EU funds in Interreg projects, the European Union invests directly in economic development, innovation, territorial development, social inclusion and education in the Euregio Meuse-Rhine.