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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
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...
Jul 13, 2017
LISA Pathfinder: Bake, rattle and roll The final days of the LISA Pathfinder mission are some of the busiest, as controllers...
Nov 30, 2016
Advanced LIGO detectors begin 2nd observation run AEI researchers expect new discoveries from LIGO instruments On Wednesday, 30 November,...


Conferences, publications and positions

Date News topic Imagesort ascending Title
Oct 24, 2023
Positions Scheduler for LISA instruments at Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics
Dec 01, 2023
Positions PhD Studentships at the University of Birmingham
Nov 17, 2016
Papers A Second Higgs Doublet in the Early Universe: Baryogenesis and Gravitational Waves
Sep 22, 2023
Positions Postdoctoral positions in Gravitational-Wave Physics and Astrophysics at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Potsdam
Nov 07, 2023
Positions Assistant Professor in Time-Domain Astronomy at University of Florida
May 11, 2000
Papers Fast and Accurate Computation Tools for Gravitational Waveforms from Binary Systems with any Orbital Eccentricity
Positions PhD Scholarships – Statistics and Gravitational Wave Science for LISA, New Zealand
Oct 12, 2023
Positions PTA postdoctoral position at Vanderbilt University
Nov 21, 2023
Positions Project Manager (m/f/d) for Space Department at AEI Hannover
Apr 24, 2014
Papers Data Analysis Methods for Testing Alternative Theories of Gravity with LISA Pathfinder
Dec 06, 2023
Conferences 10th International Conference on Gravitation and Cosmology: New Horizons and Singularities in Gravity, Dec 6-9 2023 in India
Oct 24, 2023
Positions Risk Manager for LISA Instruments at Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics
Jan 28, 2024
Conferences Nordic Winter School on Multimessenger Astrophysics, January 28 - February 2, 2024, Skeikampen, Norway
Oct 11, 2016
Papers Distinguishing between formation channels for binary black holes with LISA
Nov 27, 2023
Conferences 12th Australasian Conference on General Relativity and Gravitation (ACGRG), November 27 - December 1, 2023, Hobart