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
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...
May 15, 2014
LISA Pathfinder displayed for the first time at the ILA 2014 Direct detection of gravitational waves in space requires some completely new...
Nov 04, 2014
Imaging System Investigations for LISA Members of Airbus DS GmbH, the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert...
Nov 11, 2014
Inertial sensors of the LISA Pathfinder mission delivered Important step forward: CGS SpA deliveres theinertial sensors of the LISA Pathfinder...
Dec 10, 2014
Preparing the team: Operations test The LISA Pathfinder science team, together with the Science and Technology Operations...


Conferences, publications and positions

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Oct 19, 2022
Positions Postdoc at Precision Interferometry and Fundamental Interactions Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Hannover
Sep 21, 2023
Positions Postdoctoral Fellowship in Gravitation at UT Austin
Sep 06, 2023
Positions Post-Doctoral Associate in Gravitational-Wave Physics at CSU Fullerton
Positions New Gravitational Wave Physics MSc at Cardiff University
Aug 16, 2023
Positions Tenure-track position in Quantum Information Science at URI
Jan 24, 2023
Positions Open positions at the Max Plack Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute) in Hannover, Germany in experimental and instrumental physics
Sep 22, 2023
Positions Postdoctoral positions in Gravitational-Wave Physics and Astrophysics at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Potsdam
Sep 06, 2023
Positions Computational physics tenure track position at Bard College
Positions PhD or Masters by Research positions – University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia
Aug 16, 2023
Positions Postdoc position in gravitational waves theory at the University of Jena
Sep 14, 2023
Positions Tenure-Track Professor in Physics at Harvard University
Sep 26, 2023
Positions Professor / Director at The Australian National University Centre for Gravitational Astrophysics (CGA) in Canberra
Sep 07, 2023
Positions Specialist staff member - expert electromechanical engineering at University of Antwerp
Positions ESA Archival Research Visitor Programme
Aug 16, 2023
Positions ERC-funded PhD position in multi-messenger astrophysics with neutron star mergers at the University of Jena