Gravitational Wave astronomy research and technology
The Gravitational Universe science theme to explore the Universe via the detection of gravitational waves from space, with eLISA as the strawman mission, has been selected by ESA to shape the science of its third L-class mission (read more).
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.