Independent Research Groups

The AEI in Potsdam hosts four independent research groups that specialize in black hole theory, theoretical cosmology, quantum fields and information, and in history of quantum gravity (in collaboration with the MPI for the History of Science in Berlin). AEI Hannover hosts two independent research groups working on continuous gravitational waves and on binary merger observations and numerical relativity.
Group leader: Dr. Frank Ohme
The goal of this Max Planck Independent Research Group is to decipher gravitational-wave observations of merging black holes and neutron stars with the help of our most sophisticated theoretical tool: large-scale numerical simulations of these violent collisions.

Binary Merger Observations and Numerical Relativity (Hannover)

Group leader: Dr. Frank Ohme

The goal of this Max Planck Independent Research Group is to decipher gravitational-wave observations of merging black holes and neutron stars with the help of our most sophisticated theoretical tool: large-scale numerical simulations of these violent collisions.

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Group leader: Dr. Maria Rodriguez
Research of this Minerva Research Group focuses on theoretical aspects of black holes and the astonishing effects they have in the surrounding space-time.

Gravitation and Black Hole Theory (Potsdam)

Group leader: Dr. Maria Rodriguez

Research of this Minerva Research Group focuses on theoretical aspects of black holes and the astonishing effects they have in the surrounding space-time.

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Group leader: Dr. Michal P. Heller
This independent research group, funded by the Humboldt Foundation through a Sofja Kovalevskaja Award, aims at exploring the intersection of gravitational and high-energy physics with quantum information science.

Gravity, Quantum Fields and Information (Potsdam)

Group leader: Dr. Michal P. Heller

This independent research group, funded by the Humboldt Foundation through a Sofja Kovalevskaja Award, aims at exploring the intersection of gravitational and high-energy physics with quantum information science.

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Group leader: Dr. Alexander Blum
This research group focuses on the history of the search for a quantum gravity theory. The group is a joint Max Planck Research Group of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin and the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Potsdam.

Historical Epistemology of the Final Theory Program (Potsdam)

Group leader: Dr. Alexander Blum

This research group focuses on the history of the search for a quantum gravity theory. The group is a joint Max Planck Research Group of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin and the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Potsdam.

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Group leader: Dr. Maria Alessandra Papa
The primary goal of this Max Planck Research Group's research is to make the first direct detection of gravitational waves from spinning neutron stars, and thus to observe these stars via a completely different physical mechanism, which would carry important new information about their internal structure and composition.

Searching for Continuous Gravitational Waves (Hannover)

Group leader: Dr. Maria Alessandra Papa

The primary goal of this Max Planck Research Group's research is to make the first direct detection of gravitational waves from spinning neutron stars, and thus to observe these stars via a completely different physical mechanism, which would carry important new information about their internal structure and composition.

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Group leader: Dr. Jean-Luc Lehners
The aim of this Max Planck Research group is to enhance our understanding of the very early universe and its most mysterious aspect, the big bang.

Theoretical Cosmology (Potsdam)

Group leader: Dr. Jean-Luc Lehners

The aim of this Max Planck Research group is to enhance our understanding of the very early universe and its most mysterious aspect, the big bang.

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