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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
May 23, 2013
ESA’s next large mission: LISA white paper submitted We have come remarkably far using light of different spectrums as our tool for observing...
Aug 15, 2016
U.S. National Academies Report recommends NASA restore support for LISA New Worlds New Horizons: A Midterm Assessment – the National Academies released their...
Sep 01, 2020
The 13th International LISA Symposium September 1-3, 2020 The 13th International LISA Symposium featured a program dedicated to gravitational wave...
Jan 16, 2015
ESA announces LISA Pathfinder launch for September 2015 In the first press release of 2015, ESA today announced the September launch window of...
May 20, 2013
LPF scheduled for launch in 2015 The LISA consortium strongly supports ESA's LISA Pathfinder (LPF) mission, whose launch...

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Conferences, publications and positions

Date News topic Imagesort descending Title
Sep 14, 2014
Papers From Boltzmann equations to steady wall velocities
Sep 21, 2022
Positions Two PhD Positions in Numerical Relativity at Urbana-Champaign
Apr 27, 2014
Papers Environmental Effects for Gravitational-wave Astrophysics
Conferences Simulations for Multi-Messenger Astronomy (S4MMA) Workshop Spring/Summer 2021
Sep 27, 2022
Positions Assistant Professor in Theoretical Physics Department of Physics University of California, Berkeley
Jan 18, 2013
Papers On the complementarity of pulsar timing and space laser interferometry for the individual detection of supermassive black hole binaries
Sep 07, 2022
Positions ERC-funded postdoc position in computational relativistic astrophysics of neutron star mergers at the University of Jena
Oct 05, 2022
Positions Numerical relativity and computational astrophysics postdoctoral positions at RIT
Sep 26, 2016
Papers The effect of matter structure on the gravitational waveform
Sep 23, 2022
Positions Postdoctoral positions in Gravitational-Wave Physics and Astrophysics at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Potsdam
Jan 06, 2012
Papers LISA: Astrophysics and cosmology in the millihertz regime
Positions ESA Archival Research Visitor Programme
Sep 29, 2022
Positions Postdoc and PhD positions at Carnegie Mellon University
May 15, 2014
Papers Self-force driven motion in curved spacetimes
Sep 07, 2022
Positions ERC-funded PhD position in multi-messenger astrophysics with neutron star mergers at the University of Jena

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