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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
Nov 13, 2011
LISA Pathfinder takes major step in hunt for gravitational waves Sensors destined for ESA's LISA Pathfinder mission in 2014 have exceeded expectations in...
May 24, 2012
Getting ready for next time: European gravitational wave community strengthens space collaboration The LISA mission was reported to have been unanimously ranked first by ESA´s scientific...
May 23, 2013
ESA’s next large mission: LISA white paper submitted We have come remarkably far using light of different spectrums as our tool for observing...
May 20, 2013
LPF scheduled for launch in 2015 The LISA consortium strongly supports ESA's LISA Pathfinder (LPF) mission, whose launch...
Apr 07, 2013
Ready for launch: Heart of LISA Pathfinder space mission tested successfully The optical bench of the LISA Pathfinder (LPF) mission is currently being extensively...


Conferences, publications and positions

Date News topicsort descending Image Title
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
May 28, 2018
Conferences XIII Sigrav Graduate School In Contemporary Relativity and Gravitational Physics, May 28-June 1 2018, Como, Italy
Jun 18, 2018
Conferences CRIS2018 First Announcement
May 07, 2018
Conferences 8th Iberian Gravitational Waves Meeting, University of the Balearic Islands, Palma, 7-9 May 2018
Jun 11, 2018
Conferences Dublin School on Gravitational Wave Source Modelling 11-22 June 2018, University College Dublin
May 24, 2018
Conferences 21st Eastern Gravity Meeting at Long Island University-Brooklyn, May 24-25, 2018
Jul 02, 2018
Conferences Summer school: Gravitational Waves 2018, Les Houches, France, July 2nd-27th 2018
May 13, 2018
Conferences KITP Program Announcement - The New Era of Gravitational-Wave Physics and Astrophysics
Mar 01, 2018
Conferences GRAvitational-wave Science & technology Symposium (GRASS 2018), 1-2 March 2018, Padova (Italy)
Jul 14, 2018
Conferences 42nd COSPAR Scientific Assembly, Pasadena, CA, United States, 14 - 22 July 2018
May 07, 2018
Conferences XIX LNF Spring School at the INFN, Italy, May 7-11 2018
Aug 30, 2018
Conferences Dawn 4: What’s Next for Gravitational Wave Astronomy?, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 30th-31st Aug 2018
Mar 16, 2018
Conferences 34th Pacific Coast Gravity Meeting, Caltech, March 16–17, 2018
Conferences Hyperspace@AEI
Jul 02, 2018
Conferences NBIA & DARK Summer School, "Multi-Messengers from Compact Sources" in Copenhagen, Denmark from 2nd to 6th July 2018