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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
Oct 12, 2016
Papers Gravitational waves at interferometer scales and primordial black holes in axion inflation
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
Mar 14, 2023
Positions Assistant/Associate Professor of Astrophysics at University of Birmingham
May 03, 2010
Papers Free fall and self-force: an historical perspective
Positions Positions in Quantum-Nanometrology within the QuantumFrontiers Excellence Cluster
Feb 09, 2023
Positions PhD Fellowship in Gravitational Wave Physics University of Copenhagen, Niels Bohr International Academy
Jul 20, 2014
Papers A fully relativistic radial fall
Dec 20, 2022
Positions Postdoc in Continuous Gravitational Waves at Rochester Institute of Technology
Jul 03, 2023
Conferences 2nd MaNiTou Summer School on Gravitational Waves, 3.–8. Juli 2023, Nice/Valrose
Nov 17, 2016
Papers A Second Higgs Doublet in the Early Universe: Baryogenesis and Gravitational Waves
Jan 24, 2023
Positions EoI for tenure-track positions in physics at GSSI
Mar 14, 2023
Positions Chaire de professeur junior position at the ARTEMIS Laboratory
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
Jul 17, 2023
Conferences North American Einstein Toolkit School and Workshop, July 17-21 2023 at RIT