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Against racism and discrimination

We have been deeply touched by the brutal and senseless killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, the recent appalling episode of violence against Black Americans, which brought into relief systemic issues of racism and discrimination that pervade our communities worldwide in a variety of hidden and blatant forms. The LISA Consortium stands in strong solidarity with everyone affected by discrimination. Read more


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
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,...
Jan 09, 2017
The AEI mourns a gravitational-wave research pioneer Prof. Dr. Heinz Billing dies on 4 January 2017 at the age of 102 - Obituary
Jan 13, 2017
The L3 LISA Mission proposal was submitted today! LISA Mission L3 Proposal submitted to ESA

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Conferences, publications and positions

Date News topic Imagesort ascending Title
May 15, 2014
Papers Self-force driven motion in curved spacetimes
Jun 09, 2021
Positions Independent Research Fellows in Astrophysics, Cosmology, Planetary Science and Data Science at Institute for Computational Science, University of Zurich
Oct 12, 2016
Papers Gravitational waves at interferometer scales and primordial black holes in axion inflation
Jul 13, 2021
Positions Postdoctoral position in neutrino and multi-messenger astronomy at UC Louvain
May 03, 2010
Papers Free fall and self-force: an historical perspective
Sep 13, 2021
Conferences Mathematical and Computational Challenges in the Era of Gravitational Wave Astronomy, September 13 - December 17, 2021
Jul 20, 2014
Papers A fully relativistic radial fall
Jun 10, 2021
Positions PhD position in Gravitational-Wave Modelling at Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute), Potsdam-Golm
Nov 17, 2016
Papers A Second Higgs Doublet in the Early Universe: Baryogenesis and Gravitational Waves
Nov 29, 2021
Conferences IAU SYMPOSIUM 363, November 29 - December 03, 2021 - remote
May 11, 2000
Papers Fast and Accurate Computation Tools for Gravitational Waveforms from Binary Systems with any Orbital Eccentricity
Positions ESA Archival Research Visitor Programme
Apr 24, 2014
Papers Data Analysis Methods for Testing Alternative Theories of Gravity with LISA Pathfinder
Jul 12, 2021
Conferences Online workshop “Gravitational Wave Probes of Physics Beyond Standard Model", July 12-16, 2021
Oct 11, 2016
Papers Distinguishing between formation channels for binary black holes with LISA

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