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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 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 10, 2014
Preparing the team: Operations test The LISA Pathfinder science team, together with the Science and Technology Operations...
Jan 13, 2016
Laserlicht für LISA Pathfinder Erste Systeme der wissenschaftlichen Nutzlast erfolgreich eingeschaltet und getestet
May 24, 2012
Getting ready for next time: European gravitational wave community strengthens space collaboration The LISA mission was reported to have been unanimously ranked first by ESA´s scientific...
Jun 24, 2016
LISA Pathfinder completes first operations phase ESA: LISA Pathfinder completes first operations phase on 25 June and will continue...
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....

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Conferences, publications and positions

Date News topic Imagesort descending Title
Mar 07, 2011
Papers A source-free integration method for black hole perturbations and self-force computation: Radial fall
Apr 16, 2020
Conferences LISA in Norway and Scandinavia at University of Stavanger, Norway 16-17 April 2020
Sep 26, 2011
Papers Gravitational Radiation in Horava Gravity
Mar 18, 2020
Positions OzGrav Postdoctoral Research Fellow in precision pulsar timing and gravitational wave detection
Apr 28, 2014
Papers Space-borne Gravitational Wave Observatories
Jul 19, 2020
Conferences LISA Symposium 2020, Glasgow
May 04, 2011
Papers Fourth order indirect integration method for black hole perturbations: even modes
Apr 20, 2020
Conferences Cosmography via Gravitational Wave Sources and Other Observables at University of Stavanger, Norway, April 20-23, 2020
Sep 14, 2014
Papers From Boltzmann equations to steady wall velocities
Apr 27, 2014
Papers Environmental Effects for Gravitational-wave Astrophysics
Sep 13, 2019
Positions PhD or Masters by Research positions – University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia
Jan 18, 2013
Papers On the complementarity of pulsar timing and space laser interferometry for the individual detection of supermassive black hole binaries
Jul 05, 2020
Conferences New frontiers in strong gravity at Centro de Ciencias de Benasque Pedro Pascual, Spain, July 05-18, 2020
Sep 26, 2016
Papers The effect of matter structure on the gravitational waveform
Jan 06, 2012
Papers LISA: Astrophysics and cosmology in the millihertz regime

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