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...
Jul 26, 2019
Dead Stars Found Whipping Around Each Other in Minutes Two dead stars have been spotted whipping around each other every seven minutes. The rare...
Jul 08, 2019
Discovering exoplanets with gravitational waves In a recent paper in Nature Astronomy, researchers from the Max Planck Institute for...
May 23, 2019
ESA: A unique experiment to explore black holes What happens when two supermassive black holes collide? Combining the observing power of...
Apr 18, 2019
Public talk / live stream: The Gravitational Wave Astronomical Revolution - Dr. David Reitze As part of the 4th LISA Consortium Meeting, Dr. David Reitze will give a public talk on...


Conferences, publications and positions

Date News topic Image Title
Aug 27, 2020
Positions Postdoctoral Position in Pulsar Searching and Einstein@Home
Aug 21, 2020
Positions Postdoctoral research positions at the Laboratory of Space Systems and Optomechanics (LASSO) at Texas A&M University
Aug 20, 2020
Positions Research Embedded Software Engineer (m/f/d) “Opto-Mechanical Inertial Sensors” at Leibniz Universität Hannover
Aug 14, 2020
Positions Mechanical Engineer – Space Applications at the Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences (FZU)
Aug 07, 2020
Positions Postdoctoral Positions in the Astronomical Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences
Jul 08, 2020
Positions 3-year PhD position at University of the Balearic Islands, Spain
Sep 13, 2019
Positions PhD or Masters by Research positions – University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia
Feb 15, 2019
Positions New Gravitational Wave Physics MSc at Cardiff University
May 04, 2018
Positions Annual ESO Studentship Programme, Europe and Chile
Jan 29, 2018
Mar 28, 2017
Papers Science with the space-based interferometer LISA. V: Extreme mass-ratio inspirals
Mar 21, 2017
Papers Reconstructing the dark sector interaction with LISA
Nov 17, 2016
Papers A Second Higgs Doublet in the Early Universe: Baryogenesis and Gravitational Waves
Oct 12, 2016
Papers Gravitational waves at interferometer scales and primordial black holes in axion inflation
Oct 11, 2016
Papers Distinguishing between formation channels for binary black holes with LISA