Gravitational Wave astronomy research and technology
The BICEP2 collaboration has anounced the first detection of the polarization of the Cosmic Microwave Background radiation by Gravitational Waves created just after the Big Bang. These are great news and make even more interesting the development of Gravitational Wave observatories both on ground (LIGO, VIRGO, KAGRA) and on space (eLISA). Read more here
The Gravitational Wave group of the Institut de Ciències de l'Espai (CSIC-IEEC) was established in 2002 in Barcelona. Its primary scientific research areas pursued are space based Gravity Wave detection and Computational Gravitation. While achieving such goals, the group also nurtures intense technological Research & Development as well as knowledge transfer to local industry.
Our work is strongly related with the future space-born Gravitational Wave detector eLISA, involving both computational simulations of GW sources and the development of key components of its technology demonstrator satellite, LISA Pathfinder, which is scheduled to be launched in 2013.
Specifically, current research involves:
- Design of the thermal and magnetic Diagnostic Subsystems onboard LISA Pathfinder.
- Integral design and implementation of the Radiation Monitor and the Data Management Unit (DMU) of LISA Pathfinder, which includes the Diagnostics Subsystem.
- Contribution to the LTP Data Analysis group (LTPDA group), responsible of the development of a complete data analysis toolbox for LISA Pathfinder.
- Computational simulations of massive black hole mergers, inspiraling stellar compact objects into massive black hole mergers, galactic binaries and other sources of GW.
Further work involves developing both thermal and magnetic low-frequency measurement techniques, approaching to the eLISA requirements.