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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 30, 2014
LISA Pathfinder on the cover of top popular German astronomy magazine
Jun 29, 2014
How do Gravitational Waves look like? David Radice wins Giulio Rampa Thesis Prize The 2014 Giulio Rampa Thesis Prize for outstanding research in Mathematical or Numerical...
Sep 11, 2018
LISA Pathfinder Mission Accomplished Gathering of LISA Pathfinder collaboration, Trento, September 11-13, 2018The LISA...
Nov 13, 2011
LISA Pathfinder takes major step in hunt for gravitational waves Sensors destined for ESA's LISA Pathfinder mission in 2014 have exceeded expectations in...
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...


Conferences, publications and positions

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Jun 15, 2022
Conferences EuCAPT Workshop: Gravitational wave probes of black hole environments, 15-17 June 2022, Sapienza, Rome
Conferences Simulations for Multi-Messenger Astronomy (S4MMA) Workshop Spring/Summer 2021
Aug 22, 2022
Conferences NASA workshop on Time Domain and Multi-Messenger Astrophysics, August 22-24 in Maryland, USA
May 23, 2022
Conferences GWADW2022 - may 23-28 remote style meeting
Aug 26, 2022
Conferences European Einstein Toolkit Meeting 2022, 29 August - 2 September, Dublin, Ireland
Jun 27, 2022
Conferences Special Session on GW and MMA Astronomy at the European Astronomical Society Annual Meeting
Jun 06, 2022
Conferences GRAvitational-wave Science&technology Symposium, 6-7 June, Padova, Italy
May 19, 2022
Conferences The ICASU inaugural conference, University of Illionois in Urbana-Champaign, May 19-21 2022
Jun 20, 2022
Conferences Bayesian Deep Learning workshop for Cosmology and Time Domain astrophysics - Paris, Jun 20-24 2022
May 23, 2022
Conferences Third EPS Conference on Gravitation, May 23-25, Nice (France)
Conferences Nottingham Centre of Gravity Inaugural Colloquia
Aug 01, 2022
Conferences 8th PAX workshop at MIT Aug 1-3 2022
Jun 13, 2022
Conferences 2022 North American Einstein Toolkit School
Jun 12, 2022
Conferences Humboldt meets Leibniz - Emerging Topics in Optics and Photonics June 12-14, 2022, Herrenhausen Palace Hannover, Germany
Aug 02, 2022
Conferences IAU Symposium 368 - Machine Learning in Astronomy: Possibilities and Pitfalls, August 2-4 2022 in Busan, South Korea