The first mock data challenge for LISA Pathfinder

Monsky, A. et al. (2009) The first mock data challenge for LISA Pathfinder. Classical and Quantum Gravity, 26(9), 094004. (doi:10.1088/0264-9381/26/9/094004)

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Abstract

The data analysis of the LISA Technology Package (LTP) will comprise a series of discrete experiments, each focusing on a particular noise measurement or characterization of the instrument in various operating modes. Each of these experiments must be analysed and planned in advance of the mission because the results of a given experiment will have an impact on those that follow. As such, a series of mock data challenges (MDCs) will be developed and carried out with the aim of preparing the analysis tools and optimizing the various planned analyses. The first of these MDCs (MDC1) is a simplified treatment of the dynamics along the axis joining the two test masses onboard LISA Pathfinder. The validation of the dynamical model by predicting the spectra of the interferometer output data is shown, a prediction for the data analysis is calculated and, finally, several simulated interferometer data sets are analysed and calibrated to equivalent out-of-loop test mass acceleration.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Robertson, Dr David and Hough, Professor James and Ward, Professor Henry and Perreur-Lloyd, Mr Michael and Killow, Dr Christian
Authors: Monsky, A., Hewitson, M., Ferraioli, L., Wanner, G., Nofrarias, M., Hueller, M., Diepholz, I., Grynagier, A., Armano, M., Benedetti, M., Bogenstahl, J., Bortoluzzi, D., Bosetti, P., Brandt, N., Cavalleri, A., Ciani, G., Cristofolini, I., Cruise, M., Danzmann, K., Dolesi, R., Fauste, J., Fertin, D., Fichter, W., Garcia, A., Garcia, C., Guzman, F., Fitzsimons, E., Heinzel, G., Hollington, D., Hough, J., Hoyland, D., Jennrich, O., Johlander, B., Killow, C., Lobo, A., Mance, D., Mateos, I., McNamara, P., Nicolini, D., Nicolodi, D., Perreur-Lloyd, M., Plagnol, E., Racca, G., Ramos-Castro, J., Robertson, D., Sanjuan, J., Schulte, M., Shaul, D., Smit, M., Stagnaro, L., Steier, F., Sumner, T., Tateo, N., Tombolato, D., Vischer, G., Vitale, S., Ward, H., Waschke, S., Wass, P., Weber, W., Ziegler, T., and Zweifel, P.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Physics and Astronomy
Journal Name:Classical and Quantum Gravity
Publisher:Institute of Physics
ISSN:0264-9381

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
390881Construction of Optical Bench Sub-Assembly for LISA PathfinderHenry WardParticle Physics & Astronomy Research Council (PPARC)PP/D507258/1Physics and Astronomy
459312Investigations in Gravitational Radiation.Sheila RowanScience & Technologies Facilities Council (STFC)ST/I001085/1Physics and Astronomy