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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 04, 2015
LISA Pathfinder's scientific payload completely assembled The assembly of the LISA Pathfinder satellite is on track for the launch on top of a Vega...
Feb 11, 2016
Gravitational waves observed for first time ever! LIGO Opens New Window on the Universe with Observation of Gravitational Waves from...
Apr 07, 2013
Ready for launch: Heart of LISA Pathfinder space mission tested successfully The optical bench of the LISA Pathfinder (LPF) mission is currently being extensively...
Apr 09, 2021
LISA Pathfinder - A Space Saga This series of short clips takes you back 5 years ago and lets you relive LISA Pathfinder...
Jun 25, 2013
Latest LISA Pathfinder hardware delivery is 'Jewel in the Crown' A team of scientists from the University of Glasgow has successfully delivered a...


Conferences, publications and positions

Date News topic Imagesort descending Title
Nov 17, 2016
Papers A Second Higgs Doublet in the Early Universe: Baryogenesis and Gravitational Waves
Dec 02, 2023
Conferences Intermediate-Mass Black Holes: The dawn of a revolutionary era, December 2-5 2023, San Pedro, Belize
Mar 24, 2023
Positions Faculty Position Women in Physics at SISSA
May 11, 2000
Papers Fast and Accurate Computation Tools for Gravitational Waveforms from Binary Systems with any Orbital Eccentricity
Positions PhD Scholarships – Statistics and Gravitational Wave Science for LISA, New Zealand
Aug 28, 2023
Conferences TAUP 2023, August 28 - September 1, Vienna
Apr 24, 2014
Papers Data Analysis Methods for Testing Alternative Theories of Gravity with LISA Pathfinder
Jan 10, 2023
Positions Scientist (m/f/d) for the leadership of a research group for the realization of a “Beyond LISA” mission
Sep 11, 2023
Conferences ISAPP 2023 Texel - Exploring the Dark Universe: From Particles to Galaxies, 11 - 17 Sep 2023
Oct 11, 2016
Papers Distinguishing between formation channels for binary black holes with LISA
Feb 01, 2023
Positions Professor or Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) of Experimental Gravitational Wave Research at ETH Zürich
Mar 24, 2023
Positions Scientific software developer in gravitational wave physics at the University of the Balearic Islands
Papers Perturbation method in the assessment of radiation reaction in the capture of stars by black holes
Nov 11, 2022
Positions Science Program Evaluator and Educator in Livingston
Aug 09, 2023
Conferences Fundamental Physics with LISA, Niels Bohr Institute, 9–11 August 2023