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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
Jan 13, 2016
Laserlicht für LISA Pathfinder Erste Systeme der wissenschaftlichen Nutzlast erfolgreich eingeschaltet und getestet
Jan 22, 2016
LISA Pathfinder arrives at Lagrange Point 1! After a six-week journey, LISA Pathfinder arrived at its destination today, an orbit...
Feb 16, 2016
Both LISA Pathfinder test masses released successfully! Test cubes floating freely inside LISA PathfinderESA’s LISA Pathfinder has released both...
Feb 11, 2016
Gravitational waves observed for first time ever! LIGO Opens New Window on the Universe with Observation of Gravitational Waves from...
Mar 08, 2016
LISA Pathfinder begins its science mission After completing a long series of tests on the spacecraft and payload, the ESA mission...


Conferences, publications and positions

Date News topicsort descending Image Title
Dec 01, 2023
Positions PhD Studentships at the University of Birmingham
Jan 03, 2023
Positions PhD positions in “Precision Interferometry and Fundamental Interactions” at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics, AEI Hannover
Oct 05, 2023
Positions Head of LISA Performance and Operations Team at AEI Hannover
Nov 07, 2023
Positions Postdoc position at UTRGV in Brownsville
Nov 21, 2023
Positions Project Manager (m/f/d) for Space Department at AEI Hannover
Sep 22, 2023
Positions Postdoctoral positions in Gravitational-Wave Physics and Astrophysics at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Potsdam
Oct 25, 2023
Positions Postdoctoral Positions in Theoretical Particle Physics, Theoretical Cosmology/Gravitation at IFAE
Jan 10, 2023
Positions Scientist (m/f/d) for the leadership of a research group for the realization of a “Beyond LISA” mission
Nov 07, 2023
Positions Faculty position at University of South Carolina
Oct 19, 2023
Positions Faculty Positions Physics and Astronomy at UBC Vancouver
Nov 22, 2023
Positions Postdoc on LISA and Einstein Telescope Data Analysis at Utrecht University
Positions Annual ESO Studentship Programme, Europe and Chile
Oct 26, 2023
Positions Postdoc positions at CPT Marseille
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