The space-based gravitational-wave observatory LISA will offer unparalleled science returns, including a view of massive black-hole mergers to high redshifts, precision tests of general relativity and black-hole structure, a census of thousands of compact binaries in the Galaxy, and the possibility of detecting stochastic signals from the early Universe. This short course, which kickstarts the KISS study “The architecture of LISA science analysis: imagining the future,” provides an overview of the LISA design and science objectives; reviews state of the art and prospects for gravitational waveform models; and introduces data-analysis techniques for gravitational waves, as they are currently used in LIGO–Virgo searches, and as they will grow in scale and sophistication to handle the LISA dataset.


  • "An Overview of Lisa Science" – Dr. Curt Cutler, JPL/Caltech
  • "Analytical and Numerical Modeling of Binary Sources: State of the Art and Prospects" – Prof. Deirdre Shoemaker, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • "Introduction to Data Analysis of Gravitational-Wave Signals" – Dr. Stanislav (Stas) Babak, APC, Université Paris Diderot

Short Course Presentations

Stanislav (Stas) Babak
APC, Université Paris Diderot
Introduction to Data Analysis of Gravitational-Wave Signals
(34.8 MB .pdf)
Curt Cutler
An Overview of Lisa Science
(2 MB .pdf)

Deirdre Shoemaker
Georgia Tech

Analytical and Numerical Modeling of Binary Sources: State of the Art and Prospects
(25.9 MB .pdf)