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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
Jan 22, 2016
LISA Pathfinder arrives at Lagrange Point 1! After a six-week journey, LISA Pathfinder arrived at its destination today, an orbit...
Jan 13, 2016
Laser light for LISA Pathfinder Since December 3, 2015, LISA Pathfinder is in space and still on the way to its target...
Jan 13, 2016
Laserlicht für LISA Pathfinder Erste Systeme der wissenschaftlichen Nutzlast erfolgreich eingeschaltet und getestet
Dec 03, 2015
LISA Pathfinder launches successfully on 3 Dec 2015 LISA Pathfinder lifted off on Ariane Spaceflight VV06 atop the sixth Vega rocket on 3...
Oct 15, 2015
#2: Fasten your belts! During the first week of activities at Kourou, the LISA Pathfinder team have focused on...


Conferences, publications and positions

Date News topic Image Title
Apr 24, 2014
Papers Data Analysis Methods for Testing Alternative Theories of Gravity with LISA Pathfinder
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