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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
Feb 05, 2018
LISA Pathfinder – the quietest place in space New LISA Pathfinder results exceed requirements for future gravitational-wave observatory...
Oct 16, 2017
GW170817 - The first observation of gravitational-waves from a binary neutron star inspiral In a milestone for multimessenger astronomy, scientists have directly detected...
Oct 03, 2017
Nobel Prize 2017 in Physics for Gravitational Waves Rainer Weiss, Kip S. Thorne and Barry C. Barish of the LIGO/VIRGO Collaboration receive...
Apr 04, 2017
The LISA Consortium mourns Pierre Binetruy Pierre was one of the greatest scientists in the LISA community, an overwhelming driving...
Dec 13, 2016
LISA Pathfinder's pioneering mission continues: Mission gets a six month extension On 7 December, LISA Pathfinder started the extended phase of its mission, an additional...


Conferences, publications and positions

Date News topic Imagesort ascending 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