About the LISC
Gravitational-wave astronomy is one of the most exciting prospects of 21st-century physics. Gravitational waves are disturbances of space itself. They can be produced whenever masses are in accelerated motion, for instance by stars orbiting each other or in the early universe. Just as light waves do, gravitational waves travel through space at the speed of light. And just as astronomers use light to observe distant regions of the cosmos, there are hopes that, in the near future, we will be able to use gravitational waves to "listen" to black holes or to probe into the heart of a supernova. To this end, physicists have constructed highly sensitive detectors located in Germany, in Italy, in Japan and in the US.
LISA, the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna, is an ambitious collaboration between NASA and ESA with the aim of taking gravitational-wave detection a crucial step further: LISA, currently under development in Europe and the US, will be a gravitational-wave detector in space, far removed from the inevitable disturbances hampering Earth-bound detectors. Such a space-based detector opens up unique opportunities to study supermassive black holes, binary white dwarfs and the very early universe, fractions of a second after the big bang.
The development of LISA is coordinated by the LISA International Science Team (LIST). But interest in LISA goes much further than that - all around the globe, scientists and engineers are involved in LISA science, physics, and technology: from physicists simulating interesting gravitational-wave sources to astronomers finding new ways to combine LISA data with astronomical observations from different parts of the electromagnetic spectrum. These researchers are invited to join the LISA International Science Community (LISC), an informal researcher network maintained by the LISA International Science Team for the purpose of exchanging information with the wider science community; you are now looking at the official LISC portal.
Currently, the LISC has about 200 members from more than a hundred different institutions located all over the world. Once the website registration process has progressed further, you will be able to look them up on our
- List of LISC members
The aim of this website is to share information with LISC members (by publishing LISA news) and to encourage communication among them (by maintaining the LISA discussion boards). Also, we aim to support LISC members interested in learning more about LISA science and/or in engaging in LISA advocacy and outreach by offering a repository of helpful resources. The website's day-to-day business is in the hands of the LISC portal webteam.