Past News and Events

2016

“Minerva” will calculate gravitational waves faster than the institute’s previous supercomputer

New high-performance computing cluster at the Albert Einstein Institute in Potsdam

January 24, 2017

“Minerva” will calculate gravitational waves faster than the institute’s previous supercomputer
AEI Scientist Maria Alessandra Papa, together with three LSC colleagues, will accept the award on behalf of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration on December 12, 2016, in a ceremony in Washington DC

Honouring the detection of gravitational waves: LIGO Scientific Collaboration among the “2016 Top 100 Global Thinkers”

December 12, 2016

AEI Scientist Maria Alessandra Papa, together with three LSC colleagues, will accept the award on behalf of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration on December 12, 2016, in a ceremony in Washington DC

Public talk on December 8, 2016Prof. Buonanno talks about "Sounds of Silent: Listening to the Universe with Gravitational Waves" at University of Pennsylvania.

Annual Women in Physics Public Lecture

Public talk on December 8, 2016
Prof. Buonanno talks about "Sounds of Silent: Listening to the Universe with Gravitational Waves" at University of Pennsylvania.

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On Wednesday, 30 November, 2016, the Advanced LIGO (aLIGO) detectors in the USA and GEO600 near Hannover, Germany, officially began their second observation run “O2”. Researchers of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute; AEI) in Hannover and Potsdam have continued to improve the data-analysis tools, the source modeling, and the detector technology. They are leading partners in the international gravitational physics community and expect further signals to be detected in O2.

Advanced LIGO detectors begin second observation run

November 30, 2016

On Wednesday, 30 November, 2016, the Advanced LIGO (aLIGO) detectors in the USA and GEO600 near Hannover, Germany, officially began their second observation run “O2”. Researchers of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute; AEI) in Hannover and Potsdam have continued to improve the data-analysis tools, the source modeling, and the detector technology. They are leading partners in the international gravitational physics community and expect further signals to be detected in O2.
November 1, 2016, 04:30 - 07:30 p.m.University of MarylandProf. Buonanno at a panel discussion about the detection of gravitational waves honoring the University of Maryland pioneers and the dawn of gravitational wave astronomy.

A Celebration of Gravitational Waves

November 1, 2016, 04:30 - 07:30 p.m.
University of Maryland
Prof. Buonanno at a panel discussion about the detection of gravitational waves honoring the University of Maryland pioneers and the dawn of gravitational wave astronomy.

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October 1st, 2016, 6:30 pm, San SebastianAlessandra Buonanno talks about "Sounds of Silence: Listening to the Universe with Gravitational Waves" at the Passion for Knowledge Festival.

Prof. Buonanno gives plenary lecture at "Passion for Knowledge 2016"

October 1st, 2016, 6:30 pm, San Sebastian
Alessandra Buonanno talks about "Sounds of Silence: Listening to the Universe with Gravitational Waves" at the Passion for Knowledge Festival. [more]
Today, the Prime Minister of Lower Saxony Stephan Weil presented Prof. Alessandra Buonanno, Prof. Bruce Allen und Prof. Karsten Danzmann with the Lower Saxony State Award 2016.

Lower Saxony State Prize was awarded to Bruce Allen, Alessandra Buonanno and Karsten Danzmann

August 23, 2016

Today, the Prime Minister of Lower Saxony Stephan Weil presented Prof. Alessandra Buonanno, Prof. Bruce Allen und Prof. Karsten Danzmann with the Lower Saxony State Award 2016.
On December 26, 2015 the LIGO instruments detected a second gravitational wave. The observed signal originated from a pair of merging black holes of about 14 and 8 solar masses – smaller than the ones detected on September 14, 2015. Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Potsdam and Hannover and the Leibniz Universität Hannover have contributed to the discovery in several key areas: the development of highly accurate gravitational-wave models, searches to detect faint signals, assessment of their statistical significance, determining their astrophysical parameters, and advanced detector technology.

Gravitational waves detected from second pair of colliding black holes

June 15, 2016

On December 26, 2015 the LIGO instruments detected a second gravitational wave. The observed signal originated from a pair of merging black holes of about 14 and 8 solar masses – smaller than the ones detected on September 14, 2015. Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Potsdam and Hannover and the Leibniz Universität Hannover have contributed to the discovery in several key areas: the development of highly accurate gravitational-wave models, searches to detect faint signals, assessment of their statistical significance, determining their astrophysical parameters, and advanced detector technology. [more]
Starting from the winter semester 2016-2017, the University of Potsdam will offer an Astrophysics master programme. The Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY, the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) and the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics significantly contribute to this new curriculum.

New Master’s programme in Astrophysics

June 09, 2016

Starting from the winter semester 2016-2017, the University of Potsdam will offer an Astrophysics master programme. The Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY, the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) and the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics significantly contribute to this new curriculum.
On 23 August 2016, the Prime Minister of Lower Saxony Stephan Weil will present Prof. Alessandra Buonanno, Prof. Bruce Allen und Prof. Karsten Danzmann with the Lower Saxony State Award 2016.

Lower Saxony State Award for Bruce Allen, Alessandra Buonanno and Karsten Danzmann

June 01, 2016

On 23 August 2016, the Prime Minister of Lower Saxony Stephan Weil will present Prof. Alessandra Buonanno, Prof. Bruce Allen und Prof. Karsten Danzmann with the Lower Saxony State Award 2016.
Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Potsdam develop an accurate model for the detection and interpretation of gravitational waves emitted by neutron stars in binary systems. This model contains, for the first time, a realistic description of how neutron stars are deformed just before they collide.

Tides in binary star systems: when neutron stars emit gravitational waves

May 09, 2016

Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Potsdam develop an accurate model for the detection and interpretation of gravitational waves emitted by neutron stars in binary systems. This model contains, for the first time, a realistic description of how neutron stars are deformed just before they collide. [more]
Selection Committee of previous Breakthrough Prize winners recognizes contributors to experiment recording waves from two black holes colliding over a billion light years away. $3 million prize shared between LIGO founders Ronald W. P. Drever, Kip S. Thorne and Rainer Weiss and 1012 contributors to the discovery.

Special Breakthrough Prize In Fundamental Physics Awarded For Detection Of Gravitational Waves 100 Years After Albert Einstein Predicted Their Existence

May 02, 2016

Selection Committee of previous Breakthrough Prize winners recognizes contributors to experiment recording waves from two black holes colliding over a billion light years away. $3 million prize shared between LIGO founders Ronald W. P. Drever, Kip S. Thorne and Rainer Weiss and 1012 contributors to the discovery. [more]
On March 18, 2016, Harald Pfeiffer, Associate Professor at the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Physics, Toronto, will be honoured with a Bessel Award of the Humboldt Foundation. The award will allow him to stay at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute, AEI) in Potsdam where he will work closely with Prof. Buonanno’s division on the prediction of the gravitational waves that are generated when black holes collide.

How to Detect Colliding Black Holes

March 14, 2016

On March 18, 2016, Harald Pfeiffer, Associate Professor at the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Physics, Toronto, will be honoured with a Bessel Award of the Humboldt Foundation. The award will allow him to stay at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute, AEI) in Potsdam where he will work closely with Prof. Buonanno’s division on the prediction of the gravitational waves that are generated when black holes collide.
Max Planck Forum in BerlinFebruary 22, 2016
Keynotes and Discussion:Prof. Dr. Alessandra Buonanno, Prof. Dr. Bruce Allen
Moderated by: Ralf Krauter, science journalist (Deutschlandradio)

A new window to the universe: gravitational waves detected

Max Planck Forum in Berlin
February 22, 2016

Keynotes and Discussion:
Prof. Dr. Alessandra Buonanno, Prof. Dr. Bruce Allen

Moderated by: Ralf Krauter, science journalist (Deutschlandradio)

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Central building of the Max Planck campus in Potsdam/Golm

Event to celebrate the detection of gravitational waves
February 19, 2016, 1:30 pm

Central building of the Max Planck campus in Potsdam/Golm

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For the first time, scientists have observed ripples in the fabric of spacetime called gravitational waves, arriving at the earth from a cataclysmic event in the distant universe. This confirms a major prediction of Albert Einstein’s 1915 general theory of relativity and opens an unprecedented new window onto the cosmos.

Gravitational Waves Detected 100 Years After Einstein's Prediction

February 11, 2016

For the first time, scientists have observed ripples in the fabric of spacetime called gravitational waves, arriving at the earth from a cataclysmic event in the distant universe. This confirms a major prediction of Albert Einstein’s 1915 general theory of relativity and opens an unprecedented new window onto the cosmos. [more]
 
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