Several of the technologies used for Virgo have been developed in close collaboration with industry with potential impact on other scientific or industrial activities.

Sophisticated seismic isolation system and ultra-sensitive accelerometers may find applications in other fields of science and industry.

The largest ultra-high vacuum chamber in Europe, has required the development of special metallurgical production processes and the realization of large welded plates assemblies with a high accuracy.

Extremely low diffusion optical coatings on large substrates have required the construction of a special coating facility in Lyon (F).

The extremely low absorption and high homogeneity required for Virgo optics has triggered considerable improvement of the production process of fused silica. As a result, extremely high quality fused silica is now available for other applications.

Technology spin-off
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