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Apl. Prof. Dr. Gerhard Heinzel
Research Group Leader
Phone:+49 511 762-19984Fax:+49 511 762-2784

Space-borne Gravitational Wave Detectors

Interferometry in Space

Our division plays the leading role in the development of the space-based gravitational-wave detector LISA (Laser Interferometer Space Antenna). The current mission design for the next ESA L2 mission is called evolving LISA (eLISA). The division is a major player in the LISA Pathfinder mission, which successfully tested key technologies for eLISA and was launched on Dec 3, 2015. LISA technology will also fly onboard the GRACE Follow-On mission, which will observe climate change trough changes in the Earth's gravitational field.
<p>LISA (evolved Laser Interferometer Space Antenna), a space-based detector with million-kilometer long arms will detect low-frequency gravitational waves that cannot be measured by ground based gravitational wave detectors.</p>

LISA

LISA (evolved Laser Interferometer Space Antenna), a space-based detector with million-kilometer long arms will detect low-frequency gravitational waves that cannot be measured by ground based gravitational wave detectors.

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<p>LISA Pathfinder is an ESA technology test mission for the LISA mission. LISA Pathfinder is testing most LISA technologies in space and will validate a complete model of all physical noise that can be extrapolated to the full LISA mission.</p>

LISA Pathfinder

LISA Pathfinder is an ESA technology test mission for the LISA mission. LISA Pathfinder is testing most LISA technologies in space and will validate a complete model of all physical noise that can be extrapolated to the full LISA mission.

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<p>LTPDA is a freely available MATLAB-based toolbox which we are developing for LISA Pathfinder data analysis. It is highly useful for other data analysis applications as well.</p>

LISA Technology Package Data Analysis

LTPDA is a freely available MATLAB-based toolbox which we are developing for LISA Pathfinder data analysis. It is highly useful for other data analysis applications as well.

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<p>LISA technology is now being used for Earth observation and will improve future satellite geodesy missions. GRACE Follow-On will observe the critical indicators of climate change through changes in Earth's gravitational field.</p>

Grace Follow-On

LISA technology is now being used for Earth observation and will improve future satellite geodesy missions. GRACE Follow-On will observe the critical indicators of climate change through changes in Earth's gravitational field.

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<p>AEI is the largest laboratory worldwide for LISA interferometry. We cover the widest range of technologies while keeping close contact to all other participating groups.</p>

Lab Experiments

AEI is the largest laboratory worldwide for LISA interferometry. We cover the widest range of technologies while keeping close contact to all other participating groups.

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