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LISA and its In-Flight Test Precursor SMART-2

Vitale, S. and Phinney, S. and Prince, T. and Thorne, K. (2002) LISA and its In-Flight Test Precursor SMART-2. Nuclear Physics B - Proceedings Supplements, 110 . pp. 209-216. ISSN 0920-5632. doi:10.1016/S0920-5632(02)01484-6.

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LISA will be the first space-home 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, 3×10^(−15) ms^(−2)/√Hz 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.

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Official Citation:Vitale, S., Bender, P., Brillet, A., Buchman, S., Cavalleri, A., Cerdonio, M., . . . Winkler, W. (2002). LISA and its in-flight test precursor SMART-2. Nuclear Physics B - Proceedings Supplements, 110(0), 209-216. doi:
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