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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 23, 2013
ESA’s next large mission: LISA white paper submitted We have come remarkably far using light of different spectrums as our tool for observing...
Aug 15, 2016
U.S. National Academies Report recommends NASA restore support for LISA New Worlds New Horizons: A Midterm Assessment – the National Academies released their...
Sep 01, 2020
The 13th International LISA Symposium September 1-3, 2020 The 13th International LISA Symposium featured a program dedicated to gravitational wave...
Jan 16, 2015
ESA announces LISA Pathfinder launch for September 2015 In the first press release of 2015, ESA today announced the September launch window of...
May 20, 2013
LPF scheduled for launch in 2015 The LISA consortium strongly supports ESA's LISA Pathfinder (LPF) mission, whose launch...


Conferences, publications and positions

Date News topic Imagesort descending Title
Sep 26, 2016
Papers The effect of matter structure on the gravitational waveform
Jun 20, 2023
Positions PhD Position in “Novel Phase Extraction Algorithms for Laser Interferometric Inertial Sensors based on Deep Frequency Modulation Interferometry” at AEI
Sep 12, 2023
Positions Postdoctoral Associate Positions in Theoretical Astronomy & Astrophysics at CIERA, Northwestern University
Jan 06, 2012
Papers LISA: Astrophysics and cosmology in the millihertz regime
Positions Fellowships at the Nottingham Centre of Gravity
Aug 16, 2023
Positions Assistant Professor at Department of Physics, University of Chicago
Sep 19, 2023
Positions IAIFI Postdoctoral Fellowship (Physics and AI) at MIT
May 15, 2014
Papers Self-force driven motion in curved spacetimes
Feb 24, 2023
Positions Flight Software Engineer (m/f/d) "Scientific Instrumentation for Space Applications"
Sep 05, 2023
Positions PhD positions at the International Helmholtz-Weizmann Research School on Multimessenger Astronomy
Sep 28, 2023
Positions Grant 2year postdoc position for ET: Precision polarimetry for the development of third generation gravitational interferometers
Oct 12, 2016
Papers Gravitational waves at interferometer scales and primordial black holes in axion inflation
Dec 06, 2023
Conferences 10th International Conference on Gravitation and Cosmology: New Horizons and Singularities in Gravity, Dec 6-9 2023 in India
Sep 12, 2023
Positions PhD position in Gravitational Wave Follow-up at LMU Munich
May 03, 2010
Papers Free fall and self-force: an historical perspective