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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
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...
Dec 12, 2019
NASA Award for AEI Researchers: US space agency honors German team’s contributions to laser instrument on board GRACE Follow-On A group of 47 researchers in Germany received a NASA award for their teamwork on the...
Nov 28, 2019
ESA ministers commit to biggest ever budget ESA’s Council at Ministerial Level, Space19+, has concluded in Seville, Spain, with the...
Sep 12, 2019
2020 New Horizons in Physics Prize for Samaya Nissanke The LISA Consortium congratulates science team member Dr. Samaya Nissanke, assistant...
Jul 26, 2019
Dead Stars Found Whipping Around Each Other in Minutes Two dead stars have been spotted whipping around each other every seven minutes. The rare...

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Conferences, publications and positions

Date News topic Imagesort ascending Title
Jan 06, 2012
Papers LISA: Astrophysics and cosmology in the millihertz regime
Jul 05, 2021
Conferences New frontiers in strong gravity at Centro de Ciencias de Benasque Pedro Pascual, Spain, postponed to 2021 or 2022
May 15, 2014
Papers Self-force driven motion in curved spacetimes
Mar 12, 2021
Positions Faculty position on Physics and data science at Université de Paris
Oct 12, 2016
Papers Gravitational waves at interferometer scales and primordial black holes in axion inflation
Mar 31, 2021
Positions Postdoc position in Gravitational Wave Data Analysis at Nikhef
May 03, 2010
Papers Free fall and self-force: an historical perspective
Jun 23, 2021
Conferences Compact Objects and Energetic Phenomena in the Multi-Messenger Era conference June 23-25, 2021 in Saint Paul, MN
Jul 20, 2014
Papers A fully relativistic radial fall
Mar 12, 2021
Positions Postdoctoral Position in Multimessenger Astrophysics at the Institut d’Astrophysique de Paris (IAP)
Nov 17, 2016
Papers A Second Higgs Doublet in the Early Universe: Baryogenesis and Gravitational Waves
Apr 07, 2021
Positions Young Investigator Group Leader position in multi-messenger gravitational-wave astronomy, Frankfurt, Germany
May 11, 2000
Papers Fast and Accurate Computation Tools for Gravitational Waveforms from Binary Systems with any Orbital Eccentricity
Conferences Simulations for Multi-Messenger Astronomy (S4MMA) Workshop Spring/Summer 2021
Apr 24, 2014
Papers Data Analysis Methods for Testing Alternative Theories of Gravity with LISA Pathfinder

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