September 25, 2022 to October 1, 2022
Italy, La Biodola Bay, Isola d'Elba
Europe/Rome timezone



The Gravitational Wave Detector Vacuum workshop, GWDVac’22 will take place from 28th of September to 1st of October (departure date), 2022 at La Biodola (Isola d'Elba) Italy. After the first observation of a Gravitational Wave, for which Rainer Weiss, Barry C. Barish and Kip S. Thorne were honored by the Nobel prize in 2017, the international community recognized the potential of GW to serve, as a fundamental contribution, in the newly born “Multimessenger Astrophysics”. A number of projects have been proposed to improve the sensitivity of the technique, presenting unprecedented technological challenges.

One challenge is represented by the request to operate the suspended test mass at very low temperatures (between 10 to 130 K) to reduce thermally induced noise to the optics. This request will not only impact to a severe R&D on cryogenics and cooling but also to develop a Cryogenic Vacuum system compliant with the stringent requirements in terms of vibrations, residual gases, cooling down/warming up strategies etc.

The two-days workshop GWDVac’22 will be preceded by a joint session – “GWD vacuum meets accelerator vacuum”- shared with the ECLOUD'22 workshop. The session, which will be held the afternoon of the 28th September, will discuss vacuum and material science issues and potential R&D programs of common interest to both the Accelerator’s and Gravitational Wave Detectors vacuum communities. Accelerator Vacuum experts are also invited to participate to GWDVac’22 to contribute, with the expertise of this community, to the new vacuum and cryogenic challenges the GWD community will soon have to face.

The GWDVac’22 workshop will be a timely meeting at which to present, discuss, and compare the status of recent GWD around the world, spanning from LIGO, Virgo and KAGRA. Space will be than devoted to present and discuss the vacuum and cryogenic challenges 3rd generation GWD will have to tackle in projects like Einstein Telescope, Cosmic Explorer, etc.

GWDVac’22 will be held at the Hermitage Hotel in La Biodola, Isola d'Elba. We are looking forward to an exceptional gathering where we can enjoy the beautiful location, have interesting scientific discussions about the state of the art, and initiate stimulating collaborations among GWD vacuum and cryogenic key experts as well as with students and other scientists from neighboring fields.

Chairs: R. Cimino & S. Grohmann

The meeting is sponsored by:


ET         FDFP