Past News and Events

2018

June 18 - 22, 2018
The workshop focuses on introducing non-experts to established ROM/ROQ techniques and building new models (with a view towards LIGO/Virgo’s upcoming observing runs). Location: Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Potsdam

Workshop: Reduced Order Modeling (ROM) for Gravitational-Waves

June 18 - 22, 2018

The workshop focuses on introducing non-experts to established ROM/ROQ techniques and building new models (with a view towards LIGO/Virgo’s upcoming observing runs).

Location: Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Potsdam

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Tim Dietrich: The first observation of gravitational waves from merging neutron stars

Max Planck Yearbook Article (in German)

Tim Dietrich: The first observation of gravitational waves from merging neutron stars [more]

2017

The Director at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Potsdam receives the most important research award of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) endowed with €2.5 million.

Leibniz Prize for Alessandra Buonanno

December 14, 2017

The Director at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Potsdam receives the most important research award of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) endowed with €2.5 million.
With component black holes of about 12 and 7 solar masses, respectively, the new discovery is lightest system so far observed. As before, scientists at the AEI in Potsdam and Hannover and at the Leibniz Universität Hannover have made crucial contributions in several key areas.

LIGO instruments detect fifth binary black hole merger

November 16, 2017

With component black holes of about 12 and 7 solar masses, respectively, the new discovery is lightest system so far observed. As before, scientists at the AEI in Potsdam and Hannover and at the Leibniz Universität Hannover have made crucial contributions in several key areas. [more]
December 19, 2017 at 3:15 p.m. 
Alessandra Buonanno will speak about "Gravitational-wave emission and their multi-messenger signatures".
Location: Lise-Meitner-Haus, Christian-Gerthsen-Hörsaal, Newtonstraße 15, 12489 Berlin

Special Colloquium for the Awarding of an Honorary Professorship to Prof. Dr. Alessandra Buonanno

December 19, 2017 at 3:15 p.m. 

Alessandra Buonanno will speak about "Gravitational-wave emission and their multi-messenger signatures".

Location: Lise-Meitner-Haus, Christian-Gerthsen-Hörsaal, Newtonstraße 15, 12489 Berlin

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Numerical-relativity simulation performed at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics on a new Deutsche Post stamp

Post a Gravitational Wave!

October 27, 2017

Numerical-relativity simulation performed at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics on a new Deutsche Post stamp [more]
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]
New, more sophisticated techniques can now search for deviations from Einstein's theory of general relativity with unprecedented sensitivity. Scientists at the Max Planck Institutes for Gravitational Physics and for Radio Astronomy studied two foremost tools for testing the strong-field regime of gravity – pulsar timing and gravitational-wave observations – and demonstrated how combining these methods can put alternative theories of general relativity to the test.

Stronger Tests of Einstein's Theory of General Relativity with Binary Neutron Stars

October 24, 2017

New, more sophisticated techniques can now search for deviations from Einstein's theory of general relativity with unprecedented sensitivity. Scientists at the Max Planck Institutes for Gravitational Physics and for Radio Astronomy studied two foremost tools for testing the strong-field regime of gravity – pulsar timing and gravitational-wave observations – and demonstrated how combining these methods can put alternative theories of general relativity to the test. [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 [more]
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 [more]
Starting August 1st, 2017, Dr. Pfeiffer will lead a research group on “Numerical Relativity” in Professor Alessandra Buonanno’s department. The group will solve Einstein’s field equations on powerful computer clusters to understand the mergers of binary black holes and/or neutron stars, which are the sources of the strongest gravitational waves for LIGO.

Brain Gain: Professor Harald Pfeiffer joins the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics as group leader.

August 01, 2017

Starting August 1st, 2017, Dr. Pfeiffer will lead a research group on “Numerical Relativity” in Professor Alessandra Buonanno’s department. The group will solve Einstein’s field equations on powerful computer clusters to understand the mergers of binary black holes and/or neutron stars, which are the sources of the strongest gravitational waves for LIGO. [more]
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. [more]
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. [more]
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. [more]
“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 [more]

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

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. [more]
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. [more]
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. [more]
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]

2015

Enormous amounts of energy are released when a massive star, many times heavier than our Sun, collapses. Some stars explode in a hypernova - ten times more powerful than a normal supernova - and may emit a high-energy gamma-ray burst. Until now it was not clear how the extremely strong magnetic field needed for these processes is generated. A research team in the US, in cooperation with the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Potsdam, now published an elaborate three-dimensional computer simulation, which sheds light on the relationship between hypernova, supernova, and gamma-ray bursts.

What Powers the Explosion of Stars?

November 30, 2015

Enormous amounts of energy are released when a massive star, many times heavier than our Sun, collapses. Some stars explode in a hypernova - ten times more powerful than a normal supernova - and may emit a high-energy gamma-ray burst. Until now it was not clear how the extremely strong magnetic field needed for these processes is generated. A research team in the US, in cooperation with the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Potsdam, now published an elaborate three-dimensional computer simulation, which sheds light on the relationship between hypernova, supernova, and gamma-ray bursts. [more]
On, Friday, September 18th 2015, the first official 'observing run' (O1) of the advanced LIGO detectors in the USA began when the clock struck 8 a.m. Pacific time. While this date marks the official start of data collection, both interferometers have been operating in engineering mode taking data for some weeks already as technicians, scientists, and engineers worked to refine the instrument to prepare it for official observation duties. The GEO600 gravitational-wave detector operated by the Albert Einstein Institute (AEI) together with UK partners near Hannover, Germany, is taking data simultaneously with the LIGO detectors.

Advanced LIGO detectors begin first observation run

September 18, 2015

On, Friday, September 18th 2015, the first official 'observing run' (O1) of the advanced LIGO detectors in the USA began when the clock struck 8 a.m. Pacific time. While this date marks the official start of data collection, both interferometers have been operating in engineering mode taking data for some weeks already as technicians, scientists, and engineers worked to refine the instrument to prepare it for official observation duties. The GEO600 gravitational-wave detector operated by the Albert Einstein Institute (AEI) together with UK partners near Hannover, Germany, is taking data simultaneously with the LIGO detectors. [more]
Albert Einstein Institute researchers make key contributions to advanced LIGO gravitational-wave detectors

A large step closer to the first direct detection of gravitational waves

May 18, 2015

Albert Einstein Institute researchers make key contributions to advanced LIGO gravitational-wave detectors

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Dr. Maria Alessandra Papa, research group leader in the "Astrophysical and Cosmological Relativity" division at the Albert Einstein Institute, has been elected as a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS). This honor is bestowed only on half a percent of the 50,000 APS members. It recognizes the awardee's outstanding contributions to physics.

Dr. Maria Alessandra Papa elected Fellow of the American Physical Society

January 20, 2015

Dr. Maria Alessandra Papa, research group leader in the "Astrophysical and Cosmological Relativity" division at the Albert Einstein Institute, has been elected as a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS). This honor is bestowed only on half a percent of the 50,000 APS members. It recognizes the awardee's outstanding contributions to physics. [more]
Neutron star collisions are extreme events: the evidence points towards them being the origin of short gamma-ray bursts, which are among the most luminous explosions in the Universe. The burst is most likely produced when the massive object formed in the collision collapses to a black hole. However, satellites often detect not only the extremely short gamma-ray burst, but also a subsequent strong emission of X-rays, lasting several hours or more, that cannot be explained by the very short activity of the newly-formed black hole. In a recent publication in the Astrophysical Journal Letters AEI scientists propose an explanation for this apparent inconsistency. The explanation involves a time reversal in the production and observation of the gamma-ray and (part of the) X-ray signals. It also opens up new possibilities for multimessenger astronomy.

It ain't Magic: "Time-reversal" in Neutron Star Collisions

January 29, 2015

Neutron star collisions are extreme events: the evidence points towards them being the origin of short gamma-ray bursts, which are among the most luminous explosions in the Universe. The burst is most likely produced when the massive object formed in the collision collapses to a black hole. However, satellites often detect not only the extremely short gamma-ray burst, but also a subsequent strong emission of X-rays, lasting several hours or more, that cannot be explained by the very short activity of the newly-formed black hole. In a recent publication in the Astrophysical Journal Letters AEI scientists propose an explanation for this apparent inconsistency. The explanation involves a time reversal in the production and observation of the gamma-ray and (part of the) X-ray signals. It also opens up new possibilities for multimessenger astronomy. [more]

2014

This year will see a change in directors at the Albert Einstein Institute: founding director Prof. Bernard F. Schutz will retire after 19 years of research work at the AEI. Prof. Alessandra Buonanno, the candidate of choice of the AEI directors for his succession, is a physics professor at the University of Maryland, College Park. She will move later this year from the USA to Potsdam. Her arrival will further strengthen the Institute's leadership role in worldwide research in gravitational wave detection and black holes.

New director at the Albert Einstein Institute: Prof. Alessandra Buonanno has accepted position at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Potsdam, Germany

January 16, 2014

This year will see a change in directors at the Albert Einstein Institute: founding director Prof. Bernard F. Schutz will retire after 19 years of research work at the AEI. Prof. Alessandra Buonanno, the candidate of choice of the AEI directors for his succession, is a physics professor at the University of Maryland, College Park. She will move later this year from the USA to Potsdam. Her arrival will further strengthen the Institute's leadership role in worldwide research in gravitational wave detection and black holes. [more]

 
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