Past News and Events

2017

November 3, 2017 at 7 p.m.Prof. Harald Pfeiffer will give a public talk at the Bruno-H.-Bürgel Observatory in Berlin.

Public talk (in German): Neueste Resultate der Gravitationswellen-Observatorien

November 3, 2017 at 7 p.m.
Prof. Harald Pfeiffer will give a public talk at the Bruno-H.-Bürgel Observatory in Berlin. [more]
Discovery marks first cosmic event observed in both gravitational waves and light

First observation of gravitational waves from merging neutron stars

October 16, 2017

Discovery marks first cosmic event observed in both gravitational waves and light
October 16, 2017 at 4 p.m.On October 16th the AEI in Potsdam will broadcast a press conference on recent developments in gravitational-wave research live from the National Press Club in Washington DC.

Announcement of new Developments in Gravitational-Wave Astronomy

October 16, 2017 at 4 p.m.
On October 16th the AEI in Potsdam will broadcast a press conference on recent developments in gravitational-wave research live from the National Press Club in Washington DC. [more]
Congratulations from the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Potsdam and Hannover, and the Leibniz Universität Hannover

Nobel Prize awarded to gravitational wave researchers

October 03, 2017

Congratulations from the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Potsdam and Hannover, and the Leibniz Universität Hannover [more]
October 3, 2017, 11:30 CEST, at the AEI in Potsdam
On 3rd of October the Nobel Foundation will announce the Nobel Prize in Physics 2017. The event is broadcast live from Stockholm. The AEI in Potsdam invites all interested people to watch the live stream together with scientists from the institute.

Announcement of the Nobel Prize in Physics 2017

October 3, 2017, 11:30 CEST, at the AEI in Potsdam

On 3rd of October the Nobel Foundation will announce the Nobel Prize in Physics 2017. The event is broadcast live from Stockholm. The AEI in Potsdam invites all interested people to watch the live stream together with scientists from the institute.

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On August 14, 2017, a gravitational wave generated by two merging black holes was observed jointly by the LIGO-Virgo network. The triple detection significantly improved the measurement of both the sky position and distance of the black holes. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute/AEI) in Potsdam and Hannover and at the Leibniz Universität Hannover have again made crucial contributions to the discovery.

Three ears listen even more accurately than two

September 27, 2017

On August 14, 2017, a gravitational wave generated by two merging black holes was observed jointly by the LIGO-Virgo network. The triple detection significantly improved the measurement of both the sky position and distance of the black holes. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute/AEI) in Potsdam and Hannover and at the Leibniz Universität Hannover have again made crucial contributions to the discovery. [more]
Prof. Alessandra Buonanno will give a popular talk at the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid.

Popular talk "Sounds of Silence: Listening to the Universe with Gravitational Waves"
September 27, 2017 at 3 p.m.

Prof. Alessandra Buonanno will give a popular talk at the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid. [more]
The Virgo and LIGO Scientific Collaborations have been observing since November 30, 2016 in the second Advanced Detector Observing Run 'O2' , searching for gravitational-wave signals. Some promising gravitational-wave candidates have been identified

A very exciting LIGO-Virgo Second Observing run is drawing to a close August 25

August 25, 2017

The Virgo and LIGO Scientific Collaborations have been observing since November 30, 2016 in the second Advanced Detector Observing Run 'O2' , searching for gravitational-wave signals. Some promising gravitational-wave candidates have been identified
On 13 June 2017 a paper appeared on the arXiv titled “On the time lags of the LIGO signals” by Creswell et al. This paper calls into question the 5-sigma detection claim of GW150914 and following detections. Ian Harry, postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Potsdam refutes these claims.

A Response to "On the Time Lags of the LIGO Signals"

June 19, 2017

On 13 June 2017 a paper appeared on the arXiv titled “On the time lags of the LIGO signals” by Creswell et al. This paper calls into question the 5-sigma detection claim of GW150914 and following detections. Ian Harry, postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Potsdam refutes these claims.
Honoring the detection of gravitational waves, LIGO founder Rainer Weiss, Kip S. Thorne and Barry C. Barish and the LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC) have been bestowed with the 2017 Princess of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research.

Princess of Asturias Award for Rai Weiss, Kip Thorne, Barry Barish and the LIGO Scientific Collaboration

June 16, 2017

Honoring the detection of gravitational waves, LIGO founder Rainer Weiss, Kip S. Thorne and Barry C. Barish and the LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC) have been bestowed with the 2017 Princess of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research.
The postdoctoral scholar at AEI is awarded with the thesis prize of Friedrich Schiller University (FSU) in Jena

Dr. Tim Dietrich is once again honored for his doctoral thesis

June 16, 2017

The postdoctoral scholar at AEI is awarded with the thesis prize of Friedrich Schiller University (FSU) in Jena [more]
The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) has made a third detection of gravitational waves, demonstrating that a new window in astronomy has been firmly opened. As was the case with the first two detections, the waves were generated when a pair of black holes merged to form a larger black hole.

LIGO observes a third gravitational wave signal

June 01, 2017

The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) has made a third detection of gravitational waves, demonstrating that a new window in astronomy has been firmly opened. As was the case with the first two detections, the waves were generated when a pair of black holes merged to form a larger black hole. [more]
Prof. Alessandra Buonanno will give a public talk at the Einstein Forum in Potsdam.

Public talk "On Gravitational Waves"
May 23, 2017, at 7 p.m.

Prof. Alessandra Buonanno will give a public talk at the Einstein Forum in Potsdam. [more]
May 17, 2017"The new era of gravitational-wave physics and astrophysics": Prof. Alessandra Buonanno gives a talk at the symposium of the Finish Society of Sciences and Letters.

From the Earth to the edge of the Universe

May 17, 2017
"The new era of gravitational-wave physics and astrophysics": Prof. Alessandra Buonanno gives a talk at the symposium of the Finish Society of Sciences and Letters. [more]
Dietrich’s results increase our knowledge about neutron stars and help to interpret upcoming gravitational wave detections of neutron star mergers.

Simulating neutron star mergers: German Physical Society awards thesis prize to Tim Dietrich

April 04, 2017

Dietrich’s results increase our knowledge about neutron stars and help to interpret upcoming gravitational wave detections of neutron star mergers.
“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
 
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