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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
Nov 27, 2013
Selected: The Gravitational Universe - ESA decided on next Large Mission Concepts Selected: The Gravitational UniverseESA decided on next Large Mission Concepts The...
May 15, 2014
LISA Pathfinder displayed for the first time at the ILA 2014 Direct detection of gravitational waves in space requires some completely new...
Nov 04, 2014
Imaging System Investigations for LISA Members of Airbus DS GmbH, the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert...
Nov 11, 2014
Inertial sensors of the LISA Pathfinder mission delivered Important step forward: CGS SpA deliveres theinertial sensors of the LISA Pathfinder...
Dec 10, 2014
Preparing the team: Operations test The LISA Pathfinder science team, together with the Science and Technology Operations...


Conferences, publications and positions

Date News topicsort descending Image Title
Jun 23, 2022
Positions Postdoc position on the precision reconstruction of the gravitational wave signal at LAPP, Annecy, France
Mar 01, 2022
Positions PhD Scholarships – Statistics and Gravitational Wave Science for LISA, New Zealand
Jun 23, 2022
Positions Postdoc position Error Signal Extraction at LAPP, Annecy, France
Positions ESA Archival Research Visitor Programme
Jun 28, 2022
Positions Postdoc position to work on Cosmology with Gravitational Waves and Large Scale Structure at the University of Padova
Positions Fellowships at the Nottingham Centre of Gravity
Positions Positions in Quantum-Nanometrology within the QuantumFrontiers Excellence Cluster
Apr 05, 2022
Positions Post-Doctoral Position in X-ray Astrophysics Washington University in St Louis
Jun 21, 2022
Positions PhD position for Numerical-Relativity Simulations of Black Hole - Neutron Star Systems in Potsdam
Apr 12, 2022
Positions PhD student positions in the Laser and Squeezed Light group at the Albert Einstein Institute in Hanover, Germany
Feb 02, 2012
Papers Low-frequency gravitational wave science with LISA
Mar 28, 2017
Papers Science with the space-based interferometer LISA. V: Extreme mass-ratio inspirals
Jun 13, 2005
Papers Advanced VIRGO: detector optimization for gravitational waves by inspiralling binaries
Oct 31, 2013
Papers The effect of baryonic streaming motions on the formation of the first supermassive black holes
Aug 11, 2012
Papers Breadboard model of the LISA phasemeter