# Research at the Albert Einstein Institute

### Geometric Analysis and Gravitation (Potsdam)

The department

*Geometric Analysis and Gravitation*, led by N.N. (acting director: Hermann Nicolai) investigates physical models and mathematical methods relevant to gravitation, with emphasis on Einstein's general relativity theory. [more]### Astrophysical and Cosmological Relativity (Potsdam)

The research carried out in the department

*Astrophysical and Cosmological Relativity*, led by Alessandra Buonanno, aims at developing accurate analytical and numerical models of gravitational-wave sources, improving our ability to extract unique astrophysical and cosmological information from the observed waveforms, and testing Einstein’s theory of general relativity. [more]### Quantum Gravity and Unified Theories (Potsdam)

The department

*Quantum Gravity and Unified Theories*, led by Hermann Nicolai, attends to the development of a theory that unifies quantum theory and general relativity - in the framework of superstring theory as well as canonical quantization. [more]### Laser Interferometry and Gravitational Wave Astronomy (Hannover)

Led by Karsten Danzmann, the division

*Laser Interferometry and Gravitational Wave Astronomy*focuses on the development of gravitational wave detectors on Earth as well as in Space. [more]### Observational Relativity and Cosmology (Hannover)

The

*Observational Relativity and Cosmology*division in Hannover, led by Bruce Allen, is engaged in the development and implementation of data analysis algorithms for different gravitational wave sources. [more]### Director Emeritus B.F. Schutz (Potsdam)

Bernard Schutz is one of the founding directors of the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics. As director of the

*Astrophysical Relativity*department from 1994 until his retirement in 2014 he played a major role in building up the Institute. [more]### Independent research groups (Hannover)

The AEI in Hannover hosts an independent Max Planck Research Group that specializes in observations and numerical simulations of black hole and neutron star binary systems. The group closely cooperates with the

*Observational Relativity and Cosmology*division of Bruce Allen. [more]### Independent research groups (Potsdam)

The AEI in Potsdam-Golm hosts four independent research groups that specialize in quantum physics, theoretical cosmology, black hole theory, and geometric measure theory. These groups cooperate closely with the divisions at the AEI. [more]

### Max Planck Partner Groups

The work of the Albert Einstein Institute is especially collaborative. We have close links with universities and research institutes in many countries and we have four Max Planck Partner Groups which are led by former AEI postdocs. [more]