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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 07, 2016
European Space Agency: LISA Pathfinder exceeds expectations Press Release by the European Space Agency: ESA’s LISA Pathfinder mission has...
Jun 07, 2016
Replay Livestream of LISA Pathfinder Press Conference You can watch a replay of the live stream of the LISA Pathfinder press conference in...
Jun 07, 2016
Results show LISA Pathfinder exceeds expectations The ESA satellite mission LISA Pathfinder has successfully demonstrated the technology...
May 25, 2016
First LPF results will be presented on June 7th in Madrid and Hannover First results from ESA’s LISA Pathfinder mission, a technology demonstrator for the...
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...

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Conferences, publications and positions

Date News topic Image Title
Mar 27, 2014
Papers Constraints on Einstein-Æther theory and Horava gravity from binary pulsar observations
Oct 31, 2013
Papers The effect of baryonic streaming motions on the formation of the first supermassive black holes
Jan 18, 2013
Papers On the complementarity of pulsar timing and space laser interferometry for the individual detection of supermassive black hole binaries
Sep 30, 2012
Papers X-ray emission from high-redshift miniquasars: self-regulating the population of massive black holes through global warming
Aug 11, 2012
Papers Breadboard model of the LISA phasemeter
Feb 02, 2012
Papers Low-frequency gravitational wave science with LISA
Jan 06, 2012
Papers LISA: Astrophysics and cosmology in the millihertz regime
Sep 26, 2011
Papers Gravitational Radiation in Horava Gravity
May 04, 2011
Papers Fourth order indirect integration method for black hole perturbations: even modes
Mar 07, 2011
Papers A source-free integration method for black hole perturbations and self-force computation: Radial fall
May 03, 2010
Papers Free fall and self-force: an historical perspective
Apr 30, 2009
Papers Assembly of Supermassive Black Holes at High Redshifts
Oct 25, 2005
Papers Expected coalescence rates of NS-NS binaries for laser beam interferometers
Jun 13, 2005
Papers Advanced VIRGO: detector optimization for gravitational waves by inspiralling binaries
Jun 13, 2005
Papers Expected Coalescence Rate of Double Neutron Stars for Ground Based Interferometers

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