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author = {Armano, M and Audley, H and Baird, J and Binetruy, P and Born, M and Bortoluzzi, D and Castelli, E and Cavalleri, A and Cesarini, A and Cruise, AM and Danzmann, K and de, Deus Silva M and Diepholz, I and Dixon, G and Dolesi, R and Ferraioli, L and Ferroni, V and Fitzsimons, ED and Freschi, M and Gesa, L and Gibert, F and Giardini, D and Giusteri, R and Grimani, C and Grzymisch, J and Harrison, I and Heinzel, G and Hewitson, M and Hollington, D and Hoyland, D and Hueller, M and Inchauspe, H and Jennrich, O and Jetzer, P and Karnesis, N and Kaune, B and Korsakova, N and Killow, CJ and Lobo, JA and Lloro, I and Liu, L and Lopez-Zaragoza, JP and Maarschalkerweerd, R and Mance, D and Meshksar, N and Martin, V and Martin-Polo, L and Martino, J and Martin-Porqueras, F and Mateos, I and McNamara, PW and Mendes, J and Mendes, L and Nofrarias, M and Paczkowski, S and Perreur-Lloyd, M and Petiteau, A and Pivato, P and Plagnol, E and Ramos-Castro, J and Reiche, J and Robertson, DI and Rivas, F and},
doi = {10.1103/PhysRevD.99.082001},
journal = {Physical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology},
title = {LISA Pathfinder platform stability and drag-free performance},
url = {},
volume = {99},
year = {2019}

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AB - The science operations of the LISA Pathfinder mission have demonstrated the feasibility of sub-femto-g free fall of macroscopic test masses necessary to build a gravitational wave observatory in space such as LISA. While the main focus of interest, i.e., the optical axis or the x-axis, has been extensively studied, it is also of great importance to evaluate the stability of the spacecraft with respect to all the other degrees of freedom (d.o.f.). The current paper is dedicated to such a study: the exhaustive and quantitative evaluation of the imperfections and dynamical effects that impact the stability with respect to its local geodesic. A model of the complete closed-loop system provides a comprehensive understanding of each component of the in-loop coordinates spectral density. As will be presented, this model gives very good agreement with LISA Pathfinder flight data. It allows one to identify the noise source at the origin and the physical phenomena underlying the couplings. From this, the stability performance of the spacecraft with respect to its geodesic is extracted as a function of frequency. Close to 1 mHz, the stability of the spacecraft on the XSC, YSC and ZSC d.o.f. is shown to be of the order of 5.0×10−15  m s−2 Hz−1/2 for X, 6.0×10−14  m s−2 Hz−1/2 for Y, and 4.0×10−14  m s−2 Hz−1/2 for Z. For the angular d.o.f., the values are of the order of 3×10−12  rad s−2  Hz−1/2 for ΘSC, 5×10−13  rad s−2  Hz−1/2 for HSC, and 3×10−13  rad s−2  Hz−1/2 for ΦSC. Below 1 mHz, however, the stability performances are worsened significantly by the effect of the star tracker noise on the closed-loop system. It is worth noting that LI
AU - Armano,M
AU - Audley,H
AU - Baird,J
AU - Binetruy,P
AU - Born,M
AU - Bortoluzzi,D
AU - Castelli,E
AU - Cavalleri,A
AU - Cesarini,A
AU - Cruise,AM
AU - Danzmann,K
AU - de,Deus Silva M
AU - Diepholz,I
AU - Dixon,G
AU - Dolesi,R
AU - Ferraioli,L
AU - Ferroni,V
AU - Fitzsimons,ED
AU - Freschi,M
AU - Gesa,L
AU - Gibert,F
AU - Giardini,D
AU - Giusteri,R
AU - Grimani,C
AU - Grzymisch,J
AU - Harrison,I
AU - Heinzel,G
AU - Hewitson,M
AU - Hollington,D
AU - Hoyland,D
AU - Hueller,M
AU - Inchauspe,H
AU - Jennrich,O
AU - Jetzer,P
AU - Karnesis,N
AU - Kaune,B
AU - Korsakova,N
AU - Killow,CJ
AU - Lobo,JA
AU - Lloro,I
AU - Liu,L
AU - Lopez-Zaragoza,JP
AU - Maarschalkerweerd,R
AU - Mance,D
AU - Meshksar,N
AU - Martin,V
AU - Martin-Polo,L
AU - Martino,J
AU - Martin-Porqueras,F
AU - Mateos,I
AU - McNamara,PW
AU - Mendes,J
AU - Mendes,L
AU - Nofrarias,M
AU - Paczkowski,S
AU - Perreur-Lloyd,M
AU - Petiteau,A
AU - Pivato,P
AU - Plagnol,E
AU - Ramos-Castro,J
AU - Reiche,J
AU - Robertson,DI
AU - Rivas,F
AU - Russano,G
AU - Slutsky,J
AU - Sopuerta,CF
AU - Sumner,T
AU - Texier,D
AU - Thorpe,JI
AU - Vetrugno,D
AU - Vitale,S
AU - Wanner,G
AU - Ward,H
AU - Wass,PJ
AU - Weber,WJ
AU - Wissel,L
AU - Wittchen,A
AU - Zweifel,P
DO - 10.1103/PhysRevD.99.082001
PY - 2019///
SN - 1550-2368
TI - LISA Pathfinder platform stability and drag-free performance
T2 - Physical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
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VL - 99
ER -