eLISA/NGO – A New Astronomy
First eLISA Consortium Meeting on October 22-23
at APC in Paris, France
Getting ready for next time: European gravitational wave community strengthens its space collaboration
During the 9th international LISA Symposium, held May 21 – 25 in Paris, the international LISA* community analyzed the new situation after ESA´s decision to choose JUICE for Europe´s next large space science mission. As the eLISA** mission, despite not being selected, was reported to have been unanimously ranked first by ESA´s scientific review committee in terms of scientific interest, strategic value for science and strategic value for the projects in Europe, the community is in good spirits:
eLISA/NGO (evolved Laser Interferometer Space Antenna / New Gravitational Wave Observatory) will add a new sense to our perception of the Universe - for the first time we will observe e.g. Black holes and Neutron stars directly and gain unique information about the behaviour, structure and early history of the Universe.
eLISA/NGO will open the gravitational wave window in space and measure gravitational radiation over a broad band of frequencies, from about 0.1 mHz to 100 mHz, a band where the Universe is richly populated by strong sources of gravitational waves.
eLISA/NGO consists of one mother- and two daughter spacecraft separated by a distance of 1 Mio km, forming the first Michelson interferometer in space.
The entire mission will be a European-only mission and stay within resources available in Europe.
Link to the Yellow Book
Link to article by Pau Amaro-Seoane et al., eLISA: Astrophysics and cosmology in the millihertz regime