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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
Sep 12, 2019
2020 New Horizons in Physics Prize for Samaya Nissanke The LISA Consortium congratulates science team member Dr. Samaya Nissanke, assistant...
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...
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....
Nov 13, 2011
LISA Pathfinder takes major step in hunt for gravitational waves Sensors destined for ESA's LISA Pathfinder mission in 2014 have exceeded expectations in...
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...

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Conferences, publications and positions

Date News topicsort ascending Image Title
Oct 11, 2016
Papers Distinguishing between formation channels for binary black holes with LISA
Papers Perturbation method in the assessment of radiation reaction in the capture of stars by black holes
Jan 29, 2018
Positions NASA POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP – APPLICATION DEADLINE MARCH/JULY/NOVEMBER 1, 2020
Apr 24, 2020
Positions Postdoc Position (fixed end-date) Optomechanics for Future GW Detectors at the University of Hamburg
May 04, 2018
Positions Annual ESO Studentship Programme, Europe and Chile
May 01, 2020
Positions Post Doctorate RA - Data Science (Machine Learning and Deep Learning) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Feb 15, 2019
Positions New Gravitational Wave Physics MSc at Cardiff University
Sep 13, 2019
Positions PhD or Masters by Research positions – University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia
May 28, 2020
Positions PhD position in experimental Gravitational Wave research at the University of Twente in Enschede
Sep 21, 2020
Conferences CAP2020 postponed to 2021
Jun 22, 2020
Conferences 23rd Capra Meeting on Radiation Reaction in General Relativity, June 22-26 2020
Conferences Hyperspace@AEI
Jun 23, 2021
Conferences Compact Objects and Energetic Phenomena in the Multi-Messenger Era conference June 23-25, 2021 in Saint Paul, MN
Mar 01, 2021
Conferences Gravitational waves: a new messenger to explore the universe, March 1 to April 9, 2021 at IHP Paris
Sep 09, 2020
Conferences Advances in Computational Relativity, Sep 9 - Dec 11, 2020

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