In the last few years the Lisa group in Napoli has developed an Optical Read-Out (ORO) system based on optical levers as an auxiliary and backup readout for the Gravitational Reference Sensor (GRS) of LISA. Bench-top measurements, with a rigid set-up have successfully proven that the ORO fits the requirements for sensitivity both in translational and rotational DOFs, exceeding the capacitive sensor performance in a wide range of frequencies. Last year an ORO system designed in Napoli in collaboration with the Trento LISA group, has been installed, as an auxiliary readout system, on the four mass torsion pendulum developed in Trento. In this paper we report on the testing of this ORO device and its performances in comparison with the capacitive one; we also outline further improvements and their advantages for the torsion pendulum facility performances.
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