Status Report

Laser Interferometer Space Antenna

By SpaceRef Editor
February 7, 2017
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Heather Audley, Stanislav Babak, John Baker, Enrico Barausse, Peter Bender, Emanuele Berti, Pierre Binetruy, Michael Born, Daniele Bortoluzzi, Jordan Camp, Chiara Caprini, Vitor Cardoso, Monica Colpi, John Conklin, Neil Cornish, Curt Cutler, Karsten Danzmann, Rita Dolesi, Luigi Ferraioli, Valerio Ferroni, Ewan Fitzsimons, Jonathan Gair, Lluis Gesa, Domenico Giardini, Ferran Gibert, Catia Grimani, Hubert Halloin, Gerhard Heinzel, Thomas Hertog, Martin Hewitson, Kelly Holley-Bockelmann, Daniel Hollington, Mauro Hueller, Henri Inchauspe, Philippe Jetzer, Nikos Karnesis, Christian Killow, Antoine Klein, Bill Klipstein, Natalia Korsakova, Shane L, Jeffrey Livas, Ivan Lloro, Nary Man, Davor Mance, Joseph Martino, Kirk McKenzie, Sean T, Cole Miller, Guido Mueller, Germano Nardini, Gijs Nelemans, et al. (29 additional authors not shown)
(Submitted on 2 Feb 2017)

Following the selection of The Gravitational Universe by ESA, and the successful flight of LISA Pathfinder, the LISA Consortium now proposes a 4 year mission in response to ESA’s call for missions for L3. The observatory will be based on three arms with six active laser links, between three identical spacecraft in a triangular formation separated by 2.5 million km.

LISA is an all-sky monitor and will offer a wide view of a dynamic cosmos using Gravitational Waves as new and unique messengers to unveil The Gravitational Universe. It provides the closest ever view of the infant Universe at TeV energy scales, has known sources in the form of verification binaries in the Milky Way, and can probe the entire Universe, from its smallest scales near the horizons of black holes, all the way to cosmological scales. The LISA mission will scan the entire sky as it follows behind the Earth in its orbit, obtaining both polarisations of the Gravitational Waves simultaneously, and will measure source parameters with astrophysically relevant sensitivity in a band from below 10−4Hz to above 10−1Hz.

Comments:    Submitted to ESA on January 13th in response to the call for missions for the L3 slot in the Cosmic Vision Programme
Subjects:    Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics (astro-ph.IM)
Cite as:    arXiv:1702.00786 [astro-ph.IM] (or arXiv:1702.00786v1 [astro-ph.IM] for this version)
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From: Martin Hewitson
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