LISA and its in-flight test precursor SMART-2

Vitale, S. et al. (2002) LISA and its in-flight test precursor SMART-2. Nuclear Physics, Section B, Proceedings Supplements, 110, 209 -216. (doi: 10.1016/S0920-5632(02)01484-6)

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LISA will be the first space-borne gravitational wave observatory. It aims to detect gravitational waves in the 0.1 MHz + 1 Hz range from sources including galactic binaries, super-massive black-hole binaries, capture of objects by super- massive black-holes and stochastic background. LISA is an ESA approved Cornerstone Mission foreseen as a joint ESA-NASA endeavour to be launched in 2010-11. The principle of operation of LISA is based on laser ranging of test-masses under pure geodesic motion. Achieving pure geodesic motion at the level requested for LISA, 3 x 10(-15)ms(-2)/rootHz at 0.1 mHz, is considered a challenging technological objective. To reduce the risk, both ESA and NASA are pursuing an in-flight test of the relevant technology. The goal of the test is to demonstrate geodetic motion within one order of magnitude from the LISA performance. ESA has given this test as the primary goal of its technology dedicated mission SMART-2 with a launch in 2006. This paper describes the basics of LISA, its key technologies, and its in-flight precursor test on SMART-2.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Robertson, Dr David and Vitale, Dr Sebastian and Hough, Professor James and Ward, Professor Henry and Sumner, Prof Timothy
Authors: Vitale, S., Bender, P., Brillet, A., Buchman, S., Cavalleri, A., Cerdonio, M., Cruise, M., Cutler, C., Danzmann, K., Dolesi, R., Folkner, W., Gianolio, A., Jafry, Y., Hasinger, G., Heinzel, G., Hogan, C., Hueller, M., Hough, J., Phinney, S., Prince, T., Richstone, D., Robertson, D., Rodrigues, M., Rudiger, A., Sandford, M., Schilling, R., Shoemaker, D., Schutz, B., Stebbins, R., Stubbs, C., Sumner, T., Thorne, K., Tinto, M., Touboul, P., Ward, H., Weber, W., and Winkler, W.
Subjects:Q Science > QC Physics
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Physics and Astronomy
Journal Name:Nuclear Physics, Section B, Proceedings Supplements
Publisher:Elsevier BV
ISSN (Online):1873-3832

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