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
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...
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...
Jan 22, 2016
LISA Pathfinder arrives at Lagrange Point 1! After a six-week journey, LISA Pathfinder arrived at its destination today, an orbit...
May 23, 2013
ESA’s next large mission: LISA white paper submitted We have come remarkably far using light of different spectrums as our tool for observing...


Conferences, publications and positions

Date News topic Imagesort descending Title
Oct 25, 2019
Positions Postdoctoral Fellow in Theoretical Cosmology/Astrophysics at UT Austin
Apr 27, 2014
Papers Environmental Effects for Gravitational-wave Astrophysics
Feb 23, 2020
Conferences Karpacz 2020 Winter School in Theoretical Physics, February 23- 29, 2020, Karpacz, Poland
Nov 08, 2019
Positions Post Doctoral Positions in Quantum optics and precision sensing at The Australian National University in Canberra, Australia
Jan 18, 2013
Papers On the complementarity of pulsar timing and space laser interferometry for the individual detection of supermassive black hole binaries
Sep 25, 2019
Positions Assistant Professor in Theoretical Astrophysics at the University of Florida
Sep 26, 2016
Papers The effect of matter structure on the gravitational waveform
Oct 25, 2019
Positions Postdoctoral Researcher Position in Theoretical High-Energy Multimessenger Astrophysics at the University of Amsterdam
Jan 06, 2012
Papers LISA: Astrophysics and cosmology in the millihertz regime
Jul 19, 2020
Conferences LISA Symposium 2020, Glasgow
Nov 13, 2019
Positions JAXA Aerospace Project Research Associate positions
May 15, 2014
Papers Self-force driven motion in curved spacetimes
Sep 20, 2019
Positions Assistant Professor of Physics at the Department of Physics at Montana State University-Bozeman
Oct 12, 2016
Papers Gravitational waves at interferometer scales and primordial black holes in axion inflation
Oct 25, 2019
Positions Postdoctoral Positions in the CGCA at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee