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LISA - observing gravitational waves in space

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 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. 

The LISA Consortium

The LISA Consortium is committed to supporting the LISA mission. It includes all the main investigators involved in the highly successful LISA Pathfinder mission, a number of scientists who worked on the ground-based LIGO, Virgo, and GEO projects, and a number who worked on the Laser Ranging Interferometer on the GRACE Follow-On mission, thus making full use of the expertise accumulated so far. The LISA Consortium proposed and submitted the white paper The Gravitational Universe which was accepted for the ESA L3 slot.

If you are a scientist and wish to contribute to the LISA mission, use this scientist registration form.

Latest news and consortium activities

Date Title Summary
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...
Aug 15, 2016
U.S. National Academies Report recommends NASA restore support for LISA New Worlds New Horizons: A Midterm Assessment – the National Academies released their...
Sep 01, 2020
The 13th International LISA Symposium September 1-3, 2020 The 13th International LISA Symposium featured a program dedicated to gravitational wave...
Jan 16, 2015
ESA announces LISA Pathfinder launch for September 2015 In the first press release of 2015, ESA today announced the September launch window of...
May 20, 2013
LPF scheduled for launch in 2015 The LISA consortium strongly supports ESA's LISA Pathfinder (LPF) mission, whose launch...

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Conferences, publications and positions

Date News topic Imagesort descending Title
May 21, 2023
Conferences GWADW 2023, May 21-27, La Biodola (Elba)
Jan 18, 2013
Papers On the complementarity of pulsar timing and space laser interferometry for the individual detection of supermassive black hole binaries
Jan 29, 2023
Conferences Nordic Winter School on Gravitational Astrophysics January 29th 2023 - February 3rd 2023
Feb 22, 2023
Conferences NCfA Symposium 2023 - The Path forward in Multimessenger Astrophysics, February 22-24, Las Vegas
Sep 26, 2016
Papers The effect of matter structure on the gravitational waveform
Jan 03, 2023
Positions PhD positions in “Precision Interferometry and Fundamental Interactions” at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics, AEI Hannover
Jan 06, 2012
Papers LISA: Astrophysics and cosmology in the millihertz regime
Positions ESA Archival Research Visitor Programme
Jan 19, 2023
Positions PhD position in instrumentation/coatings at Maastricht University
May 15, 2014
Papers Self-force driven motion in curved spacetimes
Jul 03, 2023
Conferences 26th Capra Meeting 3-7-July 2023 at The Niels Bohr Institute, Copenhagen
Dec 02, 2023
Conferences Intermediate-Mass Black Holes: The dawn of a revolutionary era, December 2-5 2023, San Pedro, Belize
Oct 12, 2016
Papers Gravitational waves at interferometer scales and primordial black holes in axion inflation
Jan 06, 2023
Positions PhD positions in theoretical physics at Swansea University
May 03, 2010
Papers Free fall and self-force: an historical perspective

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