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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
Jun 07, 2016
Replay Livestream of LISA Pathfinder Press Conference You can watch a replay of the live stream of the LISA Pathfinder press conference in...
Dec 10, 2014
Preparing the team: Operations test The LISA Pathfinder science team, together with the Science and Technology Operations...
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...
Jun 24, 2016
LISA Pathfinder completes first operations phase ESA: LISA Pathfinder completes first operations phase on 25 June and will continue...
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....


Conferences, publications and positions

Date News topic Imagesort descending Title
Papers LISA Brown Bag & GW Notes
Positions New Gravitational Wave Physics MSc at Cardiff University
Aug 16, 2023
Positions Postdoc position in gravitational waves theory at the University of Jena
Sep 19, 2023
Positions "La Caixa" Foundation Postdoctoral Junior Leader Fellowships
Mar 07, 2011
Papers A source-free integration method for black hole perturbations and self-force computation: Radial fall
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
Nov 06, 2023
Conferences Gravitational Wave Probes of Physics Beyond Standard Model, November 6-9 2023, Osaka, Japan
Sep 26, 2023
Positions Postdoctoral Fellowships in Gravitational Wave Physics and Multi-Messenger Astronomy at the Niels Bohr Institute
Sep 26, 2011
Papers Gravitational Radiation in Horava Gravity
Oct 24, 2023
Conferences GraSP23 - GravityShapePisa 2023, October 24-27 at University of Pisa
Sep 12, 2023
Positions Senior Fellow in Gravitational Waves at Kavli Institute for Cosmology, Cambridge
Oct 04, 2023
Positions Instrument/Experiment Postdoctoral position at the LIGO Laboratory
Apr 28, 2014
Papers Space-borne Gravitational Wave Observatories
Positions PhD or Masters by Research positions – University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia
Aug 16, 2023
Positions ERC-funded PhD position in multi-messenger astrophysics with neutron star mergers at the University of Jena