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News and Events in 2022

Alessandra Buonanno receives the 2022 Tomalla Prize
The prize is awarded about every three years for extraordinary contributions to general relativity and gravity more
Hypermodels help understand gravitational waves
A new approach to analyze binary neutron star mergers provides a proving ground for model development and a means to identify systematics in future gravitational-wave observations. more
Combination of heavy-ion experiments, astronomy, and theory offers new insights
Constraining neutron-star matter with microscopic and macroscopic collisions more
Talk at Leopoldina: Gravitational Waves as Probes of Astrophysics, Gravity and Fundamental Physics
Alessandra Buonanno talks about the observation of gravitational waves, the models needed to predict them, and the significance of the knowledge gained.

June 8, 2022, 6:30 pm
Leopoldina, Halle (Saale) more
Observation of a runaway black hole
The final black hole left behind after a binary black hole merger can attain recoil velocities up to 5000 km/s, large enough to be ejected from any galaxy. The authors find the first evidence for a large recoil velocity from a gravitational-wave signal, with a velocity of ~1500 km/s (90% uncertainty of ~900 km/s). more
Spin-orbit resonances: first hints from LIGO-Virgo
Spin measurements from binary black hole mergers observed by gravitational-wave detectors carry valuable clues about how these binaries form in nature. Theorists have predicted that binaries could be attracted towards special configurations called spin-orbit resonances, where the spin and orbital angular momenta become locked into a resonant plane. The authors find first potential signs of these resonances in gravitational-wave data. more

News and Events in 2021

Machine Learning decodes the tremors of the Universe
Neural network analyzes gravitational waves in real time more
LIGO, Virgo, and KAGRA raise their signal score to 90
Gravitational-wave catalog update lists 35 new signals more
Towards the detection of the nanohertz gravitational-wave background
The European Pulsar Timing Array (EPTA) has published a detailed analysis of a candidate signal for the since-long sought gravitational wave background (GWB) due to in-spiraling supermassive black-hole binaries. more
#knowember: “The intricate dance of wobbling binary black holes” (talk in English)
November 3, 2021, 19:00 CET: Online talk by Vijay Varma about black holes and their collisions. more
Balzan Prize 2021 for Alessandra Buonanno
Professor Buonanno is awarded in the field of "Gravitation: physical and astrophysical aspects". more
Alessandra Buonanno earns Dirac Medal
Professor Buonanno is honored for pioneering accurate and rapid computation of waveforms that are crucial in detecting gravitational waves more
Einstein Telescope approved for ESFRI Roadmap 2021
based on an INFN/Nikhef press release more
Gravitational waves from two black holes swallowing neutron stars whole
First robust detection of these rare events more
Professor Alessandra Buonanno elected member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities
Buonanno is honored for her scientific achievements in gravitational-wave physics more
Charles W. Misner Award for Mohammed Khalil
Khalil is the first recipient of this new University of Maryland Physics Department student award more
Alessandra Buonanno elected member of the US National Academy of Sciences
Membership is a widely accepted mark of excellence in science and is considered one of the highest honors that a scientist can receive more
Professor Alessandra Buonanno elected member of the Leopoldina
The election is a special honor and is regarded as one of the highest scientific accolades in the German-speaking world more
Tim Dietrich appointed Max Planck Fellow
Cooperation between the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics and the University of Potsdam will be strengthened more
Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize for Tim Dietrich
The junior professor at the University of Potsdam and adjunct researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics will receive the 20,000-euro prize from the German Research Foundation in recognition of his exceptional scientific achievements. The award ceremony will take place in a virtual format on May 4, 2021. more
Galileo Galilei Medal for Alessandra Buonanno
Award from the INFN and Galileo Galilei Institute to director at Albert Einstein Institute in Potsdam more
Physical Review D selects two papers by Alessandra Buonanno for its “50th anniversary milestones”
Two publications on the effective one-body approach among the collection of pioneering papers more
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