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
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...
Jul 26, 2019
Dead Stars Found Whipping Around Each Other in Minutes Two dead stars have been spotted whipping around each other every seven minutes. The rare...
Jul 08, 2019
Discovering exoplanets with gravitational waves In a recent paper in Nature Astronomy, researchers from the Max Planck Institute for...
May 23, 2019
ESA: A unique experiment to explore black holes What happens when two supermassive black holes collide? Combining the observing power of...

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Conferences, publications and positions

Date News topic Image Title
Jul 05, 2021
Conferences Sixteenth Marcel Grossmann Meeting - MG16 Virtual Meeting - July 5-9, 2021
Jul 02, 2021
Positions Computational Scientist, High Performance and Research Computing at University of Rhode Island
Jul 02, 2021
Positions Multiple Post-docs/Research Fellows at The Australian National University
Jun 25, 2021
Positions PhD position Modeling gravitational waves from merging black holes in the small-mass ratio limit at AEI Potsdam
Jun 10, 2021
Positions PhD position in Gravitational-Wave Modelling at Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute), Potsdam-Golm
Jun 09, 2021
Positions Independent Research Fellows in Astrophysics, Cosmology, Planetary Science and Data Science at Institute for Computational Science, University of Zurich
May 28, 2021
Positions Two postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Birmingham
Mar 28, 2017
Papers Science with the space-based interferometer LISA. V: Extreme mass-ratio inspirals
Mar 21, 2017
Papers Reconstructing the dark sector interaction with LISA
Nov 17, 2016
Papers A Second Higgs Doublet in the Early Universe: Baryogenesis and Gravitational Waves
Oct 12, 2016
Papers Gravitational waves at interferometer scales and primordial black holes in axion inflation
Oct 11, 2016
Papers Distinguishing between formation channels for binary black holes with LISA
Sep 26, 2016
Papers The effect of matter structure on the gravitational waveform
Sep 14, 2014
Papers From Boltzmann equations to steady wall velocities
Jul 20, 2014
Papers A fully relativistic radial fall

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