The first mock data challenge for LISA Pathfinder

A. Monsky, M. Hewitson, L. Ferraioli, G. Wanner, M. Nofrarias, M. Hueller, I. Diepholz, A. Grynagier, M. Armano, M. Benedetti, J. Bogenstahl, D. Bortoluzzi, P. Bosetti, N. Brandt, A. Cavalleri, G. Ciani, I. Cristofolini, M. Cruise, K. Danzmann, R. DolesiJ. Fauste, D. Fertin, W. Fichter, A. García, C. García, F. Guzmán, E. Fitzsimons, G. Heinzel, D. Hollington, J. Hough, D. Hoyland, O. Jennrich, B. Johlander, C. Killow, A. Lobo, D. Mance, I. Mateos, P. W. McNamara, D. Nicolini, D. Nicolodi, M. Perreur-Lloyd, E. Plagnol, G. D. Racca, J. Ramos-Castro, D. Robertson, J. Sanjuan, M. O. Schulte, Shaul Dna, M. Smit, L. Stagnaro, F. Steier, T. J. Sumner, N. Tateo, D. Tombolato, G. Vischer, S. Vitale, H. Ward, S. Waschke, P. Wass, W. J. Weber, T. Ziegler, P. Zweifel

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The data analysis of the LISA Technology Package (LTP) will comprise a series of discrete experiments, each focusing on a particular noise measurement or characterization of the instrument in various operating modes. Each of these experiments must be analysed and planned in advance of the mission because the results of a given experiment will have an impact on those that follow. As such, a series of mock data challenges (MDCs) will be developed and carried out with the aim of preparing the analysis tools and optimizing the various planned analyses. The first of these MDCs (MDC1) is a simplified treatment of the dynamics along the axis joining the two test masses onboard LISA Pathfinder. The validation of the dynamical model by predicting the spectra of the interferometer output data is shown, a prediction for the data analysis is calculated and, finally, several simulated interferometer data sets are analysed and calibrated to equivalent out-of-loop test mass acceleration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number094004
JournalClassical and Quantum Gravity
Issue number9
StatePublished - May 7 2009
Externally publishedYes

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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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