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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
Oct 03, 2017
Nobel Prize 2017 in Physics for Gravitational Waves Rainer Weiss, Kip S. Thorne and Barry C. Barish of the LIGO/VIRGO Collaboration receive...
Apr 04, 2017
The LISA Consortium mourns Pierre Binetruy Pierre was one of the greatest scientists in the LISA community, an overwhelming driving...
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,...

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Conferences, publications and positions

Date News topic Imagesort ascending Title
Oct 12, 2016
Papers Gravitational waves at interferometer scales and primordial black holes in axion inflation
Oct 30, 2019
Positions Two postdoc postiions in the context of the ANR funded project: “Opening new windows on the early universe with multi-messenger astronomy”
May 03, 2010
Papers Free fall and self-force: an historical perspective
Dec 15, 2019
Conferences 30th Texas Symposium on Relativistic Astrophysics
Nov 15, 2019
Positions Three Postdoc Positions at the University of Cambridge
Jul 20, 2014
Papers A fully relativistic radial fall
Oct 11, 2019
Positions Post-doctoral position in Gravitational Wave Cosmology at UC Louvain, Belgium
Nov 17, 2016
Papers A Second Higgs Doublet in the Early Universe: Baryogenesis and Gravitational Waves
Nov 30, 2019
Positions PhD Position in Gravitational Theory and Cosmology at AEI Hannover, Germany
May 11, 2000
Papers Fast and Accurate Computation Tools for Gravitational Waveforms from Binary Systems with any Orbital Eccentricity
Sep 13, 2019
Positions PhD or Masters by Research positions – University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia
Nov 15, 2019
Positions PhD Position in GWs and Cosmology at Nikhef
Apr 24, 2014
Papers Data Analysis Methods for Testing Alternative Theories of Gravity with LISA Pathfinder
Jul 14, 2020
Conferences Compact Objects and Energetic Phenomena in the Multi-Messenger Era, July 14-16, 2020
Oct 11, 2016
Papers Distinguishing between formation channels for binary black holes with LISA

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