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
Jan 16, 2015
ESA announces LISA Pathfinder launch for September 2015 In the first press release of 2015, ESA today announced the September launch window of...
May 20, 2013
LPF scheduled for launch in 2015 The LISA consortium strongly supports ESA's LISA Pathfinder (LPF) mission, whose launch...
May 04, 2015
LISA Pathfinder's scientific payload completely assembled The assembly of the LISA Pathfinder satellite is on track for the launch on top of a Vega...
Feb 11, 2016
Gravitational waves observed for first time ever! LIGO Opens New Window on the Universe with Observation of Gravitational Waves from...
Apr 07, 2013
Ready for launch: Heart of LISA Pathfinder space mission tested successfully The optical bench of the LISA Pathfinder (LPF) mission is currently being extensively...

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Conferences, publications and positions

Date News topic Imagesort descending Title
Jan 18, 2013
Papers On the complementarity of pulsar timing and space laser interferometry for the individual detection of supermassive black hole binaries
Dec 16, 2019
Positions Postdoctoral scholar positions at the University of Florida
Sep 26, 2016
Papers The effect of matter structure on the gravitational waveform
Jan 16, 2020
Positions Postdoctoral position “Gravitational-wave observations, fundamental physics and the nature of compact objects” in Zurich, Switzerland
Jan 06, 2012
Papers LISA: Astrophysics and cosmology in the millihertz regime
Sep 13, 2019
Positions PhD or Masters by Research positions – University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia
May 15, 2014
Papers Self-force driven motion in curved spacetimes
Dec 18, 2019
Positions Research Fellow in Transients and Gravitational-Wave Astrophysics at ICG, Portsmouth
Oct 12, 2016
Papers Gravitational waves at interferometer scales and primordial black holes in axion inflation
May 03, 2010
Papers Free fall and self-force: an historical perspective
Jul 14, 2020
Conferences Compact Objects and Energetic Phenomena in the Multi-Messenger Era, July 14-16, 2020
Jul 20, 2014
Papers A fully relativistic radial fall
Dec 18, 2019
Positions Research fellow positions in Gravitational-Wave Astrophysics at ICG, Portsmouth
Nov 17, 2016
Papers A Second Higgs Doublet in the Early Universe: Baryogenesis and Gravitational Waves
May 11, 2000
Papers Fast and Accurate Computation Tools for Gravitational Waveforms from Binary Systems with any Orbital Eccentricity

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