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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
Dec 03, 2015
LISA Pathfinder launches successfully on 3 Dec 2015 LISA Pathfinder lifted off on Ariane Spaceflight VV06 atop the sixth Vega rocket on 3...
Jun 07, 2016
European Space Agency: LISA Pathfinder exceeds expectations Press Release by the European Space Agency: ESA’s LISA Pathfinder mission has...
Nov 11, 2014
Inertial sensors of the LISA Pathfinder mission delivered Important step forward: CGS SpA deliveres theinertial sensors of the LISA Pathfinder...
Oct 15, 2015
#2: Fasten your belts! During the first week of activities at Kourou, the LISA Pathfinder team have focused on...
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...


Conferences, publications and positions

Date News topic Imagesort descending Title
Oct 25, 2005
Papers Expected coalescence rates of NS-NS binaries for laser beam interferometers
Nov 11, 2022
Positions Gravitational-Wave Experimental Physicist in Pasadena
Jan 12, 2023
Positions PhD fellowships from the Spanish Ministry Program for Training of Research Professors
Jan 24, 2023
Positions Open positions at the Max Plack Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute) in Hannover, Germany in experimental and instrumental physics
Apr 29, 2014
Papers Strong Binary Pulsar Constraints on Lorentz Violation in Gravity
Jun 05, 2023
Conferences Thematic school GWsNS-2023: Gravitational Waves from Neutron Stars, 5.–9. June 2023, Aussois, France
Papers LISA Brown Bag & GW Notes
Positions New Gravitational Wave Physics MSc at Cardiff University
Dec 20, 2022
Positions Postdoctoral position - Gravitational-wave Astrophysics Georgia Tech
Mar 07, 2011
Papers A source-free integration method for black hole perturbations and self-force computation: Radial fall
Nov 11, 2022
Positions Science Program Evaluator and Educator in Livingston
Jan 17, 2023
Positions Associate Professorship in Theoretical and/or Observational Astrophysics at University College London
Jan 24, 2023
Positions Postdoctoral opportunities at the Institute of Space Sciences (ICE, CSIC & IEEC)
Sep 26, 2011
Papers Gravitational Radiation in Horava Gravity
May 03, 2023
Conferences Dark Matter and Stars: Multi-Messenger Probes of Dark Matter and Modified Gravity, May 3-5 2023, Lisbon