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Dr. Elke Müller
Dr. Elke Müller
Press Officer AEI Potsdam
Phone:+49 331 567-7303Fax:+49 331 567-7298
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Dr. Benjamin Knispel
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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. Students interested in pursuing a career in Astrophysics should apply not later than July 15. Only three universities in Germany offer a Master’s degree in Astrophysics. [more]

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

June 01, 2016
The prize recognizes contributions to gravitational wave detection [more]
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Honorary doctorate for Prof Dr Hermann Nicolai from Chalmers University of Technology

May 10, 2016
The Faculty Senate of Chalmers University of Technology will bestow the degree Doctor of Technology on Prof Dr Hermann Nicolai, director at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute/AEI). The ceremony for conferring the doctor's degree will take place on Saturday, May 14th 2016 in Gothenburg, Sweden. [more]
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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]
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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]
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Max Planck Institutes at ‘Girls’ Day’ and ‘Future Day’ for girls and boys in the Federal State of Brandenburg

April 27, 2016
Girls’ Day and ‘Future Day’ (Zukunftstag) for Boys and Girls takes place in the Federal State of Brandenburg on 28 April 2016. At the three Max Planck Institutes based in the Potsdam-Golm science park girls can find out all about gravitational waves, learn why bacteria stick to surfaces and discover the secrets of plants. [more]
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How to Detect Colliding Black Holes

March 14, 2016
Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award
 for Prof. Harald Pfeiffer [more]
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Gravitational Waves Detected 100 Years After Einstein's Prediction

February 11, 2016
LIGO Opens New Window on the Universe with Observation of Gravitational Waves from Colliding Black Holes – Key contributions from Max Planck Society and Leibniz Universität Hannover researchers [more]
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New Graduate Programme Established

January 18, 2016
The International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Mathematical and Physical Aspects of Gravitation, Cosmology and Quantum Field Theory was established on 1 January 2016. [more]
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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. 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]
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