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.

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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
Mar 28, 2017
Papers Science with the space-based interferometer LISA. V: Extreme mass-ratio inspirals
Jun 13, 2005
Papers Advanced VIRGO: detector optimization for gravitational waves by inspiralling binaries
Sep 18, 2020
Positions Postdoctoral Research Position in Numerical Relativity at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Jan 29, 2018
Jul 08, 2020
Positions 3-year PhD position at University of the Balearic Islands, Spain
Sep 18, 2020
Positions ERC-funded postdoctoral position(s) in Numerical Relativity and Gravitational Wave Physics/Data Analysis at SISSA, Trieste, Italy
May 04, 2018
Positions Annual ESO Studentship Programme, Europe and Chile
Aug 07, 2020
Positions Postdoctoral Positions in the Astronomical Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences
Sep 18, 2020
Positions Postdoctoral fellows at the new NSF AI Institute for Artificial Intelligence and Fundamental Interactions (IAIFI)
Feb 15, 2019
Positions New Gravitational Wave Physics MSc at Cardiff University
Aug 20, 2020
Positions Research Embedded Software Engineer (m/f/d) “Opto-Mechanical Inertial Sensors” at Leibniz Universität Hannover
Sep 18, 2020
Positions Postdoctoral positions in Computational Relativistic Astrophysics division at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Potsdam
Sep 13, 2019
Positions PhD or Masters by Research positions – University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia
Aug 14, 2020
Positions Mechanical Engineer – Space Applications at the Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences (FZU)
Aug 21, 2020
Positions Postdoctoral research positions at the Laboratory of Space Systems and Optomechanics (LASSO) at Texas A&M University