In the final report now delivered to ESA, the Gravitational Observatory Advisory Team concludes that the L3 mission in gravitational waves is technically feasible. Laser interferometry between free-falling test masses is a well-established technical baseline.
The Gravitational Observatory Advisory Team (GOAT) reported in summary to the ESA Executive:
• an L3 mission in gravitational waves is technically feasible, with laser interferometry between free-falling test masses as a well-established technical baseline;
• the scientific potential of a space mission in gravitational wave astronomy is compelling, and made more so by the recent Advanced LIGO results;
• the technical and scientific knowledge base now residing in Europe as a result of LISA Pathfinder argues for the timely implementation of a gravitational wave observatory under European leadership.
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Dr. Benjamin Knispel