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
Sep 12, 2019
2020 New Horizons in Physics Prize for Samaya Nissanke The LISA Consortium congratulates science team member Dr. Samaya Nissanke, assistant...
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...
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....
Sep 01, 2020
The 13th International LISA Symposium September 1-3, 2020 The 13th International LISA Symposium featured a program dedicated to gravitational wave...
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...


Conferences, publications and positions

Date News topicsort ascending Image Title
Jun 13, 2005
Papers Expected Coalescence Rate of Double Neutron Stars for Ground Based Interferometers
Mar 27, 2014
Papers Constraints on Einstein-Æther theory and Horava gravity from binary pulsar observations
Positions Annual ESO Studentship Programme, Europe and Chile
Oct 19, 2021
Positions Postdoctoral Position in Numerical Relativity at Caltech
Nov 25, 2021
Positions Research Associate in Gravity at University of Nottingham
Nov 02, 2021
Positions NEW ERC-funded postdoctoral position in pulsar timing array astrophysics, data analysis and inference at Universita di Milano Bicocca
Oct 05, 2021
Positions Postdoctoral positions in Computational Relativistic Astrophysics division at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Potsdam
Nov 09, 2021
Positions Rising Scholar Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Department of Physics, University of Virginia
Positions New Gravitational Wave Physics MSc at Cardiff University
Oct 20, 2021
Positions Postdoctoral position on massive black hole astrophysics and numerical simulations
Nov 02, 2021
Positions Tenure-track Faculty Position at University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Oct 07, 2021
Positions Postdoctoral fellowships in gravitational-wave astronomy at Milan-Bicocca (Italy)
Nov 10, 2021
Positions Product Assurance Engineer (m/f/d) “Scientific Instrumentation for Space Applications” at AEI Hannover
Positions PhD or Masters by Research positions – University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia
Nov 02, 2021
Positions Post-doctoral Researcher Position at Syracuse University