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LISA & LISA Pathfinder

LISA will be a large-scale space mission designed to detect one of the most elusive phenomena in astronomy - gravitational waves. With LISA we will be able to observe the entire universe directly with gravitational waves, learning about the formation of structure and galaxies, stellar evolution, the early universe, and the structure and nature of spacetime itself. The LISA proposal for the L3 mission slot was accepted by ESA in June 2017 and the mission is currently in the first planning stages.

The LISA Pathfinder Mission successfully paved the way for the LISA mission by demonstrating the key technologies for a large gravitational wave observatory in space. The results show that LISA Pathfinder is working to a precision better than required for LISA. The LISA Pathfinder mission was launched on 3rd December 2015 and ended in July 2017.

Latest news and consortium activities

Date Title Summary
Jun 25, 2013
Latest LISA Pathfinder hardware delivery is 'Jewel in the Crown' A team of scientists from the University of Glasgow has successfully delivered a...
Jul 17, 2015
ESA: Inside LISA Pathfinder ESA’s LISA Pathfinder mission is a technology demonstrator that will pave the way for...
Apr 18, 2016
No showstoppers: GOAT reports on space-based gravitational wave observatory In the final report now delivered to ESA, the Gravitational Observatory Advisory Team...
Aug 29, 2013
LISA Pathfinder: from CAD models to ready-to-fly hardware Optical bench integrated into the core assembly LISA Pathfinder space mission reached...
Sep 01, 2015
LISA Pathfinder on the way to launch The satellite is completed LISA Pathfinder (LPF), the test mission to demonstrate new...


Conferences, publications and positions

Date News topic Imagesort descending Title
Sep 14, 2014
Papers From Boltzmann equations to steady wall velocities
May 07, 2018
Conferences 8th Iberian Gravitational Waves Meeting, University of the Balearic Islands, Palma, 7-9 May 2018
Apr 27, 2014
Papers Environmental Effects for Gravitational-wave Astrophysics
Jun 04, 2018
Conferences The Sound of Spacetime: The Dawn of Gravitational Wave Science, 4-15 June 2018, Mainz Institute for Theoretical Physics, Johannes Gutenberg University, Germany
Jan 18, 2013
Papers On the complementarity of pulsar timing and space laser interferometry for the individual detection of supermassive black hole binaries
Jun 18, 2018
Conferences CRIS2018 First Announcement
Sep 26, 2016
Papers The effect of matter structure on the gravitational waveform
May 24, 2018
Conferences 21st Eastern Gravity Meeting at Long Island University-Brooklyn, May 24-25, 2018
Jan 06, 2012
Papers LISA: Astrophysics and cosmology in the millihertz regime
May 28, 2018
Conferences XIII Sigrav Graduate School In Contemporary Relativity and Gravitational Physics, May 28-June 1 2018, Como, Italy
May 15, 2014
Papers Self-force driven motion in curved spacetimes
Jan 29, 2018
Oct 12, 2016
Papers Gravitational waves at interferometer scales and primordial black holes in axion inflation
May 29, 2018
Conferences Gravity Exploration Institute Opening Workshop, Cardiff, May 29-30
May 03, 2010
Papers Free fall and self-force: an historical perspective