LPF Mission

Lancement prévu pour Decembre 2015

En route pour eLISA avec LISA Pathfinder

Vacuum integrity test of LPF. Credit: Astrium Ltd (an EADS company)

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
Jun 03, 2020
New movie about LISA, the first gravitational wave observatory in space On the occasion of the 236th meeting of the American Astronomical Society the LISA...
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....
Dec 12, 2019
NASA Award for AEI Researchers: US space agency honors German team’s contributions to laser instrument on board GRACE Follow-On A group of 47 researchers in Germany received a NASA award for their teamwork on the...
Nov 28, 2019
ESA ministers commit to biggest ever budget ESA’s Council at Ministerial Level, Space19+, has concluded in Seville, Spain, with the...
Sep 12, 2019
2020 New Horizons in Physics Prize for Samaya Nissanke The LISA Consortium congratulates science team member Dr. Samaya Nissanke, assistant...


Conferences, publications and positions

Date News topic Image Title
Jul 05, 2021
Conferences New frontiers in strong gravity at Centro de Ciencias de Benasque Pedro Pascual, Spain, postponed to 2021 or 2022
Jun 23, 2021
Conferences Compact Objects and Energetic Phenomena in the Multi-Messenger Era conference June 23-25, 2021 in Saint Paul, MN
Mar 01, 2021
Conferences Gravitational waves: a new messenger to explore the universe, March 1 to April 9, 2021 at IHP Paris
Feb 08, 2021
Conferences CAP2021, Sydney, February 8-12 2021 (postponed CAP 2020)
Jan 28, 2021
Conferences 43rd COSPAR Scientific Assembly in Sydney postponed to January 2021
Sep 09, 2020
Conferences Advances in Computational Relativity, Sep 9 - Dec 11, 2020
Sep 01, 2020
Conferences 13th LISA Symposium goes online September 2020
Jul 14, 2020
Conferences Virtual mini conference: Compact Objects and Energetic Phenomena in the Multi-Messenger Era, July 14-16, 2020
Jun 22, 2020
Conferences IAU Symposium 363 in L’Aquila, Italy, postponed to later 2020 or early 2021.
Jun 22, 2020
Conferences 23rd Capra Meeting (virtual) on Radiation Reaction in General Relativity, June 22-26 2020
Jun 19, 2020
Positions PhD position in experimental Gravitational Wave research at University of Twente/Nikhef, The Netherlands
Jun 12, 2020
Positions PhD positions in Gravitational Waves instrumentation at VU Amsterdam and Nikhef
Sep 13, 2019
Positions PhD or Masters by Research positions – University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia
Feb 15, 2019
Positions New Gravitational Wave Physics MSc at Cardiff University
May 04, 2018
Positions Annual ESO Studentship Programme, Europe and Chile


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