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.

Latest news and consortium activities

Date Title Summary
Aug 29, 2013
LISA Pathfinder: from CAD models to ready-to-fly hardware Optical bench integrated into the core assembly LISA Pathfinder space mission reached...
Sep 01, 2015
LISA Pathfinder on the way to launch The satellite is completed LISA Pathfinder (LPF), the test mission to demonstrate new...
Jan 25, 2018
LISA PATHFINDER WINS AMERICAN ASTRONAUTICAL SOCIETY AWARD ESA's LISA Pathfinder mission has been honoured with the 2017 Space Technology Award of...
May 25, 2016
First LPF results will be presented on June 7th in Madrid and Hannover First results from ESA’s LISA Pathfinder mission, a technology demonstrator for the...
Nov 27, 2013
Selected: The Gravitational Universe - ESA decided on next Large Mission Concepts Selected: The Gravitational UniverseESA decided on next Large Mission Concepts The...

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Conferences, publications and positions

Date News topic Imagesort descending Title
May 13, 2018
Conferences KITP Program Announcement - The New Era of Gravitational-Wave Physics and Astrophysics
Positions The Max Planck Fellowship Program at the Albert Einstein Institute
Jul 02, 2018
Conferences 2nd Institute of Space Sciences Summer School - Gravitational Wave Astronomy
May 11, 2000
Papers Fast and Accurate Computation Tools for Gravitational Waveforms from Binary Systems with any Orbital Eccentricity
Jul 02, 2018
Conferences Summer school: Gravitational Waves 2018, Les Houches, France, July 2nd-27th 2018
Dec 01, 2018
Conferences Gravitational Wave Physics and Astronomy Workshop (GWPAW), December 1-4 2018
Apr 24, 2014
Papers Data Analysis Methods for Testing Alternative Theories of Gravity with LISA Pathfinder
May 07, 2018
Conferences XIX LNF Spring School at the INFN, Italy, May 7-11 2018
Nov 17, 2016
Papers A Second Higgs Doublet in the Early Universe: Baryogenesis and Gravitational Waves
Aug 30, 2018
Conferences Dawn IV: Global strategies for Gravitational Wave Astronomy, Amsterdam 30-31 August 2018
Papers Perturbation method in the assessment of radiation reaction in the capture of stars by black holes
Mar 01, 2018
Conferences GRAvitational-wave Science & technology Symposium (GRASS 2018), 1-2 March 2018, Padova (Italy)
Aug 27, 2018
Conferences TeVPA 2018, Berlin 27–31 August
Apr 30, 2009
Papers Assembly of Supermassive Black Holes at High Redshifts
Mar 16, 2018
Conferences 34th Pacific Coast Gravity Meeting, Caltech, March 16–17, 2018

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