Free-flight experiments in LISA Pathfinder

  title={Free-flight experiments in LISA Pathfinder},
  author={Michele Armano and Heather Audley and G{\'e}rard Auger and Jonathon T. Baird and Pierre Bin{\'e}truy and Michael Born and Daniele Bortoluzzi and N. Brandt and Alessandro Bursi and Mauro Caleno and Antonella Cavalleri and Andrea Cesarini and Michael Cruise and C. Cutler and Karsten Danzmann and Ingo Diepholz and Rita Dolesi and Neil Dunbar and Luigi Ferraioli and V Ferroni and Ewan D. Fitzsimons and M. Freschi and J. Gallegos and C. Garc{\'i}a Marirrodriga and Ruediger Gerndt and L. I. Gesa and Ferran Gibert and Domenico Giardini and R. Giusteri and Catia Grimani and Ian Harrison and Gerhard Heinzel and Martin Hewitson and Daniel Hollington and Mauro Hueller and Juerg Huesler and Henri Inchausp{\'e} and Oliver Jennrich and Ph. Jetzer and Bengt Johlander and N Karnesis and Brigitte Kaune and Natalia K. Korsakova and Christian J. Killow and I. Lloro and R. Maarschalkerweerd and S. Madden and P. Maghami and Davor Mance and V{\'i}ctor S. Mart{\'i}n and Fernando Mart{\'i}n-Porqueras and Ignacio Mateos and P. Mcnamara and Jos{\'e} Mendes and Luis Mendes and Andrea Moroni and Miquel Nofrar{\'i}as and S. Paczkowski and M. Perreur-Lloyd and A. Petiteau and Paolo Pivato and E Plagnol and Pierre Prat and U. Ragnit and Juan Ramos-Castro and Jens Reiche and J. A. Romera Perez and D. I. Robertson and H. Rozemeijer and Giuliana Russano and Paolo F. Sarra and Alexander Schleicher and Jacob Slutsky and C. F. Sopuerta and Tamara Sumner and D. Texier and James Ira Thorpe and Christian Trenkel and Hairui Tu and Daniele Vetrugno and Stefano Vitale and Gudrun Wanner and H. Ward and Simon Waschke and Peter J Wass and Dave Wealthy and S. Wen and William Joseph Weber and Andreas Wittchen and Carlo Zanoni and Tobias Ziegler and Peter Zweifel},
  journal={Journal of Physics: Conference Series},
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