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43rd COSPAR Scientific Assembly

Jan 28, 2021

The leadership of COSPAR and the Local Organizing Committee for COSPAR 2020 (scheduled 15-22 August 2020) in Sydney, Australia have concluded that with the worldwide pandemic and accompanying social and economic disruption, COSPAR 2020 must be postponed.

The new dates for the 43rd COSPAR Scientific Assembly will be 28 January – 4 February 2021 and hereafter will be referred to as COSPAR 2021.

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COSPAR-20-E1.12: LISA, the Next Window on the Universe
The Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (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. LISA will operate in the low frequency range, between 0.1 mHz and 1 Hz (compared to LIGO's frequency of 10 Hz to 1000 Hz). 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. Presently the plan is for a launch in 2034. Completing its mission in July, 2017, LISA Pathfinder has shown that the low noise levels surpassed the original requirements, demonstrating that key technology for LISA is well underway.

We will welcome talks pertaining to the following LISA Mission and LISA Science topics:
- LISA Mission Status
- LISA Pathfinder results
- LISA Phasemeter
- LISA Optical Bench
- LISA Gravitational Reference Sensor
- LISA Laser
- LISA Diagnostics and Payload Processing
- LISA Telescope
- LISA scattered light studies
- Analysis of joint gravitational wave and electromagnetic observations of galactic binaries (including verification binaries)
- Population studies of galactic binaries
- Studies of seed black holes and black hole formation mechanisms
- Studies of supermassive black hole binaries and theconnection to galaxy clustering
- Analysis of joint gravitational wave and electromagnetic supermassive black hole binary events
- Analysis of the extreme-mass-ratio inspiral population
- Tests of general relativity and the nature of compact objects
- Analysis of intermediate mass black hole binaries and intermediate mass ratio inspira
- Studies of stellar origin black hole populations
- Estimation of cosmological parameters
- Characterisation of backgrounds
- Analysis of detected unmodelled events
- Instrument performance analysis and instrument response modelling
- Waveform modelling
- Data analysis tools
- Low-latency pipelines
- Individual and global source identification
- Source catalogues
- Multi-messenger, multi-band
- Interpretation of LISA Observations

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