(LISA) Astro-GR - Past, present and future!
Once upon a time, there was a huge, charming and adorable planned space interferometer named "LISA". One sad, rainy day, a very bad and evil tight fiscal situation put LISA to sleep.
(adapted text and picture shamelessly stolen from the wikipedia)
Then one of us got the question:
"Hey, Pau, are you going to cancel that series of meetings you organise?"
The fact is that the SAO/NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS) retrieves more than 2500 papers related to LISA... This is ringing a bell somehow
And, as you probably have already read, the "European Space Agency goes it alone on next generation space mission"
The European Space Agency has postponed its selection of a large space mission to launch in the 2020-2021 timeframe, following advice from NASA that the US is unlikely to be able to contribute its share of funding to the winning selection.
UPDATE (July 22nd, 2011):
We have now an announcement at the Brownbag URL which we reproduce here for your convenience:
A (sticky) note from the editors: Due to the recent adjustment in how L-class missions within the Cosmic Vision framework are chosen, ESA is currently investigating a design for a European-led variant of LISA that can be launched before 2022. After studying several configurations, a new baseline has been identified that will be refined in the coming month with the help of European industry. The new baseline simplifies the design of LISA, reducing the distance between the satellites and employing only four instead of previously six laser links. The science team and a science task force, composed of members of the gravitational wave and astrophysics communities in both Europe and the US, have assessed the scientific validity of the new baseline for the fields of physics, astrophysics and cosmology and have shown that the new configuration is very promising regarding sources such as galactic binaries, (super)massive black hole and extreme mass ratio inspirals. Over the next few months, this work will continue until we have a finalised mission proposal by the fall of 2011. The near future is very bright for astrophysics and cosmology using observations of gravitational waves in space.
Therefore, we deem this meeting to be very timely to discuss about space-based GW interferometry in the context of the envisioned ESA mission, and the science that we will be able to do with it
Introduction : Astro-GR@Mallorca
planning a 5 day meeting from
Monday 5th to Friday
2011 on GW sources.
A key aim of the Astro-GR meetings is to foster and develop new collaborative ventures, as well as to strengthen existing ones, within the different communities (astrophysics, data analysis, general relativity and numerical relativity).
(*) By "informal" we mean no registration fee, poster presentation, or proceedings. We are also unable to provide financial assistance to participants for the meeting.
Registration and fee
The format and venue for Astro-GR@Mallorca will limit the number of attendees. We thus kindly ask every participant to register as soon as s/he makes travel arrangements and to avoid disappointment. In keeping with the spirit of an informal workshop, there will be no registration fee.
The number of slots will be very limited, and they will be chosen by the organizers on the basis of their relevance to the main focus and goal of this meeting.