Analysis of the residual force noise for the LISA Technology Package
by Ferraioli, Luigi and Armano, Michele and Congedo, Giuseppe and Diaz-Aguilo, Marc and De Marchi, Fabrizio and Grynagier, Adrien and Hewitson, Martin and Hueller, Mauro and Monsky, Anneke and Nofrarias, Miquel and Plagnol, Eric and Rais, Boutheina and Vitale, Stefano
To be published in Journal of Physics: Conference Series, Proceedings of the 8th International LISA Symposium
The analysis of the noise sources perturbing a test mass (TM) geodesic motion is the main scientific objective of the LISA Technology Package experiment (LTP) on board of the LISA Pathfinder space mission. Information on force noise acting on TMs are obtained with a data reduction procedure involving system parameters. Such parameters can be estimated from dedicated experimental runs. Therefore the final estimation of force noise is affected by two sources of uncertainty. One is statistical and connected to the random nature of noisy signals. The other is connected to the uncertainties on the system parameters. The analysis of simulated LTP data is indicating that the major contribution to the force noise power spectral density uncertainties is coming from the statistical properties of the spectrum estimator.