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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Dec 08, 2023
Positions 2 years postdoctoral position at INAF - Astronomical Observatory of Rome
Positions New Gravitational Wave Physics MSc at Cardiff University
Oct 05, 2023
Positions Postdoctoral Openings in Theoretical Astroparticle and Particle Physics at SISSA
Nov 21, 2023
Positions Faculty Position in Theoretical Gravitational Physics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Feb 01, 2023
Positions Embedded Flight Software Engineer (m/f/d) “Scientific Instrumentation for Space Applications”
Oct 19, 2023
Positions Tenure-track faculty position in astrophysics at University of Rochester
Nov 28, 2023
Positions Postdocs available at the RIT’s Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation (CCRG)
Nov 01, 2023
Positions Postdoctoral Positions at the RIT’s Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation
Dec 08, 2023
Positions Research Associate Electronics (m/f/x) - electronics, electrical engineering, or related subjects
Positions PhD or Masters by Research positions – University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia
Oct 05, 2023
Positions Head of LISA Performance and Operations Team at AEI Hannover
Nov 21, 2023
Positions Tenure Track Position in Multimessenger and Gravitational Wave Astronomy at Oregon State University
Oct 19, 2023
Positions Three Postdoctoral Positions in astroparticle physics at INFN and Turin U
Nov 02, 2023
Positions Postdoctoral and scientific software developer positions in gravitational wave physics, Palma, Spain
Dec 08, 2023
Positions Research Associate Optics (m/f/x) - optical technologies, photonics, physics, astrophysics or related subjects