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
Apr 09, 2021
LISA Pathfinder - A Space Saga This series of short clips takes you back 5 years ago and lets you relive LISA Pathfinder...
Nov 04, 2021
US National Academy of Sciences highlights LISA as a “New Window on the Dynamic Universe” Today, the US National Academy of Sciences has noted the important presence in the NASA...
Nov 13, 2011
LISA Pathfinder takes major step in hunt for gravitational waves Sensors destined for ESA's LISA Pathfinder mission in 2014 have exceeded expectations in...
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...
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

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Oct 07, 2021
Positions Postdoctoral Associate in General Relativity at Cornell University- Cornell Center for Astrophysics and Planetary Science
Nov 10, 2021
Positions Embedded System Developer (m/f/d) “Scientific Instrumentation for Space Applications” at AEI Hannover
Oct 22, 2021
Positions Helsinki Computational Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellowship
Sep 10, 2021
Positions Postdoctoral Scholar Computational Relativistic Astrophysics at PennState
Nov 02, 2021
Positions NANOGrav Physics Frontiers Center Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Oct 13, 2021
Positions Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (KITP) Permanent Member at UC Santa Barbara
Nov 12, 2021
Positions Assistant professor in experimental particle astrophysics at the University of Maryland
Oct 22, 2021
Positions JAXA Aerospace Project Research Associate Recruitment
Sep 10, 2021
Positions Postdoctoral Scholar High-Energy Astrophysics at PennState
Nov 02, 2021
Positions PhD positions in “Gravity & Matter at the Extreme” at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Potsdam
Oct 13, 2021
Positions Postdoctoral Associate to Develop Data Analysis Techniques and Science Applications for LISA Mission
Nov 12, 2021
Positions HSF Fellowship in Observational Signatures of Quantum Gravity
Oct 22, 2021
Positions Scientific Computing Staff (m/f/d) in Jena, Germany
Oct 14, 2021
Positions Postdoctoral position in Gravitational Wave Physics and/or Numerical Relativity at the Center for Gravitational Physics at UT Austin
Nov 17, 2021
Positions Research Fellow in Gravitational-Wave Astrophysics at University of Portsmouth