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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
May 15, 2014
LISA Pathfinder displayed for the first time at the ILA 2014 Direct detection of gravitational waves in space requires some completely new...
Mar 26, 2018
Building the Mission: LISA Consortium Reboot We are now ready to reboot the Consortium and ask you to apply.
Jun 07, 2016
American Physical Society: Prototype Gravitational Wave Spacecraft sets new Free Fall Record Successful LISA Pathfinder mission paves the way for the LISA space-based, gravitational...
Nov 04, 2014
Imaging System Investigations for LISA Members of Airbus DS GmbH, the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert...
Dec 03, 2015
LISA Pathfinder launches successfully on 3 Dec 2015 LISA Pathfinder lifted off on Ariane Spaceflight VV06 atop the sixth Vega rocket on 3...


Conferences, publications and positions

Date News topic Imagesort descending Title
Oct 11, 2016
Papers Distinguishing between formation channels for binary black holes with LISA
Aug 07, 2018
Conferences Physics and Astrophysics at the eXtreme (PAX-IV) Workshop at IUCAA, Pune, India, August 7-10, 2018
Dec 11, 2004
Papers Brans-Dicke gravity and the capture of stars by black holes: some asymptotic results
Jul 14, 2018
Conferences 42nd COSPAR Scientific Assembly, Pasadena, CA, United States, 14 - 22 July 2018
Sep 30, 2012
Papers X-ray emission from high-redshift miniquasars: self-regulating the population of massive black holes through global warming
May 12, 2018
Conferences GWADW at Alyeska Resort, Girdwood, Alaska, May 12-17 2018
Feb 02, 2012
Papers Low-frequency gravitational wave science with LISA
Jan 08, 2017
Positions University of Florida: three full-time postdoctoral positions
Aug 13, 2018
Conferences ICTS Summer School on Gravitational Wave Astronomy, 13-24 Aug 2018
Jun 13, 2005
Papers Advanced VIRGO: detector optimization for gravitational waves by inspiralling binaries
Jan 18, 2018
Positions Post-Doc and graduate student (Ph.D.) appointments at Space Interferometry Group, AEI Hannover
Oct 31, 2013
Papers The effect of baryonic streaming motions on the formation of the first supermassive black holes
May 16, 2018
Conferences Neutron star merger summer school at FRIB, East Lansing, MI, May 16-18, 2018
Aug 11, 2012
Papers Breadboard model of the LISA phasemeter
Mar 21, 2017
Papers Reconstructing the dark sector interaction with LISA