LISA Pathfinder tracera la voie vers la mission eLISA en testant, dans l’espace, le concept (les principes ?) de la détection d’ondes gravitationnelles.

L'endroit le plus silencieux du système solaire

LISA Pathfinder (LPF) placera deux masses d’épreuve en "chute libre" quasi parfaite, contrôlera et mesurera leur mouvement relatif avec une précision inégalée. Ceci sera effectué grâce à des thechnologies innovantes telles que des senseurs inertiels, un système de métrologie laser, un système à compensation de trainée et des micro-propulseurs délivrant des micro-Newton. L’ensemble de ces masses d’épreuve et leur environnement constitueront probablement un des endroits les plus "calmes" du système solaire.

Toutes ces technologies sont non seulement essentielles pour la mission eLISA, elles seront également à la base de toutes les missions qui voudront tester la théorie de la relativitié générale d’Einstein.

LPF sera lancé en novembre 2015.

The LISA Consortium

The LISA Consortium is committed to supporting the LISA mission. It includes all the main investigators involved in the highly successful LISA Pathfinder mission, a number of scientists who worked on the ground-based LIGO, Virgo, and GEO projects, and a number who worked on the Laser Ranging Interferometer on the GRACE Follow-On mission, thus making full use of the expertise accumulated so far. The LISA Consortium proposed and submitted the white paper The Gravitational Universe which was accepted for the ESA L3 slot.

If you are a scientist and wish to contribute to the LISA mission, use this scientist registration form.

Latest news and consortium activities

Date Title Summary
Dec 10, 2014
Preparing the team: Operations test The LISA Pathfinder science team, together with the Science and Technology Operations...
May 24, 2012
Getting ready for next time: European gravitational wave community strengthens space collaboration The LISA mission was reported to have been unanimously ranked first by ESA´s scientific...
Jun 24, 2016
LISA Pathfinder completes first operations phase ESA: LISA Pathfinder completes first operations phase on 25 June and will continue...
Mar 06, 2020
European Astronomical Society: LISA Pathfinder Principal Investigator Stefano Vitale awarded the 2020 Tycho Brahe Medal The European Astronomical Society (EAS) awards the 2020 Tycho Brahe Medal to Prof....
Feb 26, 2015
LISA Pathfinder takes first steps on journey to space The LISA Pathfinder spacecraft has taken the first steps on the journey that will...

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Conferences, publications and positions

Date News topic Imagesort descending Title
Positions PhD or Masters by Research positions – University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia
Jan 13, 2022
Positions Ten CATA Postdoctoral Fellowships in observational, theoretical, and computational astrophysics
May 04, 2011
Papers Fourth order indirect integration method for black hole perturbations: even modes
Jun 12, 2022
Conferences Humboldt meets Leibniz - Emerging Topics in Optics and Photonics June 12-14, 2022, Herrenhausen Palace Hannover, Germany
Sep 14, 2014
Papers From Boltzmann equations to steady wall velocities
Dec 15, 2021
Positions Call of interest for Faculty positions in Physics at Sapienza
Apr 27, 2014
Papers Environmental Effects for Gravitational-wave Astrophysics
Conferences New frontiers in strong gravity at Centro de Ciencias de Benasque Pedro Pascual, Spain, postponed to 2022
Jan 18, 2022
Positions Two postdoc positions available on GW astrophysics at the University of Western Australia
Jan 18, 2013
Papers On the complementarity of pulsar timing and space laser interferometry for the individual detection of supermassive black hole binaries
Feb 21, 2022
Conferences 12th Central European Relativity Seminar, February 21-23 2022, Budapest/Online
Sep 26, 2016
Papers The effect of matter structure on the gravitational waveform
Dec 17, 2021
Positions Postdoctoral Position at Physics Department, Ariel University, Israel
Jan 06, 2012
Papers LISA: Astrophysics and cosmology in the millihertz regime
Conferences Simulations for Multi-Messenger Astronomy (S4MMA) Workshop Spring/Summer 2021

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