13-18 December 2015
International Conference Centre Geneva
Europe/Zurich timezone

The MICROSCOPE mission ready to test the Equivalence Principle in space

17 Dec 2015, 17:55
20m
Level 0, Room 3 (International Conference Centre Geneva)

Level 0, Room 3

International Conference Centre Geneva

Speaker

Joel Berge (ONERA)

Description

MICROSCOPE is a French Space Agency scheduled for launch in 2016, that aims to test the Weak Equivalence Principle in space: one century after the publication of Einstein’s General Relativity, it could allow us to reveal a breach in the theory. Thanks to its cutting-edge-technology inertial sensors, it will allow us to measure the Eotvos parameter down to $10^{-15}$, two orders of magnitude better than the best current constraints. In this talk, I will motivate the science behind MICROSCOPE and present the mission. I will then summarize its status, with an emphasis on how we will tackle the data analysis challenges.

Primary author

Joel Berge (ONERA)

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