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 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...
Aug 15, 2016
U.S. National Academies Report recommends NASA restore support for LISA New Worlds New Horizons: A Midterm Assessment – the National Academies released their...
Sep 01, 2020
The 13th International LISA Symposium September 1-3, 2020 The 13th International LISA Symposium featured a program dedicated to gravitational wave...
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...


Conferences, publications and positions

Date News topic Imagesort descending Title
Sep 26, 2016
Papers The effect of matter structure on the gravitational waveform
Sep 21, 2021
Positions Faculty Position at University of British Columbia
Jan 06, 2012
Papers LISA: Astrophysics and cosmology in the millihertz regime
Conferences Simulations for Multi-Messenger Astronomy (S4MMA) Workshop Spring/Summer 2021
Oct 01, 2021
Positions 2022-2025 UIUC Postdoctoral Fellowships in Gravitational Waves and Extreme Gravity Tests of General Relativity
May 15, 2014
Papers Self-force driven motion in curved spacetimes
Sep 03, 2021
Positions Three-Year Postdoctoral Fellowship - Dicke Fellowships in Experimental Physics at Princeton University
Oct 13, 2021
Positions Postdoctoral Associate to Develop Data Analysis Techniques and Science Applications for LISA Mission
Oct 12, 2016
Papers Gravitational waves at interferometer scales and primordial black holes in axion inflation
Sep 21, 2021
Positions Research Associate position at UWA
May 03, 2010
Papers Free fall and self-force: an historical perspective
Sep 13, 2021
Conferences Mathematical and Computational Challenges in the Era of Gravitational Wave Astronomy, September 13 - December 17, 2021
Oct 01, 2021
Positions Full Professorship in Computational Physics with Focus on Theoretical Astrophysics at Heidelberg University
Jul 20, 2014
Papers A fully relativistic radial fall
Sep 03, 2021
Positions The Enrico Fermi, Robert R. McCormick & Mafalda and Reinhard Oehme Postdoctoral Research Fellowships - 2022