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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
Nov 04, 2021
US National Academy of Sciences highlights LISA as a “New Window on the Dynamic Universe” Today, the US National Academy of Sciences has noted the important presence in the NASA...
Apr 09, 2021
LISA Pathfinder - A Space Saga This series of short clips takes you back 5 years ago and lets you relive LISA Pathfinder...
Sep 01, 2020
The 13th International LISA Symposium September 1-3, 2020 The 13th International LISA Symposium featured a program dedicated to gravitational wave...
Jun 03, 2020
New movie about LISA, the first gravitational wave observatory in space On the occasion of the 236th meeting of the American Astronomical Society the LISA...
Mar 06, 2020
European Astronomical Society: LISA Pathfinder Principal Investigator Stefano Vitale awarded the 2020 Tycho Brahe Medal The European Astronomical Society (EAS) awards the 2020 Tycho Brahe Medal to Prof....


Conferences, publications and positions

Date News topic Image Title
Jul 25, 2022
Conferences Frontiers in Numerical Relativity, July 25-29, 2022, Jena, Germany
Jul 25, 2022
Conferences LISA Symposium, July 25-29 2022, online
Jun 12, 2022
Conferences Humboldt meets Leibniz - Emerging Topics in Optics and Photonics June 12-14, 2022, Herrenhausen Palace Hannover, Germany
May 19, 2022
Conferences The ICASU inaugural conference, University of Illionois in Urbana-Champaign, May 19-21 2022
Apr 30, 2022
Conferences IMBH Conference, April 30 - May 3 2022, Puerto Rico
Apr 25, 2022
Conferences WE-Heraeus-Seminar "Gravitational Wave and Multimessenger Astronomy" 25-28 April 2022, Bad Honnef, Germany
Apr 19, 2022
Conferences Storming the Gravitational Wave Frontier at KITP UC Santa Barbara, April 19-22 2022
Mar 14, 2022
Conferences Conference on Circumbinary Accretion at UC Santa Barbara KITP, March 14-17 2022
Feb 21, 2022
Conferences 12th Central European Relativity Seminar, February 21-23 2022, Budapest/Online
Feb 14, 2022
Conferences Yukawa International Seminar 2022a "Gravity - The Next Generation", February 14-18, 2022, Kyoto
Feb 07, 2022
Conferences Black-Hole Ringdown workshop at CCA, February 7-9 2022
Jan 28, 2022
Positions Product Assurance Engineer (m/f/d) “Scientific Instrumentation for Space Application” at AEI Hannover
Jan 28, 2022
Positions Embedded System Developer (m/f/d) “Scientific Instrumentation for Space Applications” at AEI Hannover
Jan 25, 2022
Conferences LISA Consortium Meeting, January 25-27 2022, online
Jan 25, 2022
Positions PhD fellowships at SISSA, Trieste, Italy