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
Mar 26, 2018
Building the Mission: LISA Consortium Reboot We are now ready to reboot the Consortium and ask you to apply.
Jun 29, 2014
How do Gravitational Waves look like? David Radice wins Giulio Rampa Thesis Prize The 2014 Giulio Rampa Thesis Prize for outstanding research in Mathematical or Numerical...
Jun 07, 2016
American Physical Society: Prototype Gravitational Wave Spacecraft sets new Free Fall Record Successful LISA Pathfinder mission paves the way for the LISA space-based, gravitational...
Nov 04, 2014
Imaging System Investigations for LISA Members of Airbus DS GmbH, the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert...
Dec 03, 2015
LISA Pathfinder launches successfully on 3 Dec 2015 LISA Pathfinder lifted off on Ariane Spaceflight VV06 atop the sixth Vega rocket on 3...


Conferences, publications and positions

Date News topic Imagesort descending Title
Apr 28, 2014
Papers Space-borne Gravitational Wave Observatories
Sep 13, 2019
Positions PhD or Masters by Research positions – University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia
May 04, 2011
Papers Fourth order indirect integration method for black hole perturbations: even modes
Jul 08, 2020
Positions PhD student position on instrument research for a third generation gravitational wave detector at University of Hamburg, Germany
Sep 14, 2014
Papers From Boltzmann equations to steady wall velocities
Apr 27, 2014
Papers Environmental Effects for Gravitational-wave Astrophysics
Sep 09, 2020
Conferences Advances in Computational Relativity, Sep 9 - Dec 11, 2020
Jan 18, 2013
Papers On the complementarity of pulsar timing and space laser interferometry for the individual detection of supermassive black hole binaries
Jul 08, 2020
Positions PhD student position "LISA interferometry - experiment for ground-support equipment and noise limitations" at University of Hamburg, Germany
Sep 26, 2016
Papers The effect of matter structure on the gravitational waveform
Jan 06, 2012
Papers LISA: Astrophysics and cosmology in the millihertz regime
Jun 13, 2021
Conferences IAU Symposium 363 in L’Aquila, Italy, postponed to June 13-18 2021
May 15, 2014
Papers Self-force driven motion in curved spacetimes
Jul 08, 2020
Positions Postdoc position "LISA phase readout" at University of Hamburg, Germany
Oct 12, 2016
Papers Gravitational waves at interferometer scales and primordial black holes in axion inflation