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ESA BR-323: LISA Pathfinder - First steps to observing gravitational waves from space

Publication date: 31 July 2015

Journal: ESA Brochure
Volume: 323
Year: 2015

Copyright: ESA

Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity predicted the existence of ripples in the fabric of space–time called gravitational waves, but so far no experiment has been able to detect them directly. Space offers many advantages in this search, and ESA's LISA Pathfinder mission is a technology demonstrator that will pave the way for future spaceborne gravitational-wave observatories by testing the necessary instrumentation for the first time in that environment.

Table of contents:

  • A quest for silence
  • In the realm of gravity
  • The gravitational Universe
  • How does it work?
  • Building LISA Pathfinder
  • Launch
  • A physics laboratory in space
  • An international enterprise

Link to Publication: http://sci.esa.int/science-e/www/object/doc.cfm?fobjectid=56378


Last Update: 31 August 2015

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