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MaxPlanck Lecture: Exploring the Universe with Gravitational Waves
Alessandra Buonanno gives a MaxPlanck Lecture on gravitational-wave astronomy as part of the Berlin Science Week.

Location: Harnack-Haus, Berlin and online
Date: November 10, 2020
Time: 7pm more

News and Events in 2020

New LIGO/Virgo catalog contains 50 gravitational-wave signals, several from unusual sources more
Jan Steinhoff gives a public talk (in German) about Black Holes.

Location: Planetarium am Insulaner, Berlin
Date: September 9, 2020
Time: 8pm more
Far-away black hole collision is the most massive and most distant ever observed by the gravitational-wave detectors more
The departments of Professor Alessandra Buonanno (Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute, AEI)) and Professor Zvi Bern (Mani L. Bhaumik Institute for Theoretical Physics (University of California in Los Angeles, UCLA)) will cooperate on developing waveform models for future gravitational-wave detectors. more
This invitation-only virtual workshop will gather scientists from several complementary research fields in order to re-evaluate approaches to the general relativistic two-body problem.

Date: August 24 - 28, 2020 more
LIGO and Virgo find another surprising binary system more

Images of science

April 22, 2020
Invitation to an online exhibition with piano music. Due to the corona pandemic, public events in cultural and scientific fields have been canceled. The exhibition wants to offer a crossover between culture and science. more

A signal like none before

April 20, 2020
LIGO and Virgo detectors catch first gravitational wave from binary black hole merger with unequal masses more
Opening night of the planetarium show "Black Holes" with a keynote speech by Jan Steinhoff.

Location: Zeiss-Großplanetarium Berlin
Date: February 20, 2020
Time: 8pm more
LIGO and Virgo observe a distant binary neutron star merger with surprisingly high mass more

News and Events in 2019

On November 1st at 15:00 UTC, the LIGO and Virgo gravitational-wave detectors resumed their search for gravitational waves. All three sites halted operations for the entire month of October to perform some maintenance and upgrades. more
Dr. Tim Dietrich, currently a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow at Nikhef in Amsterdam, receives the Heinz Billing Award for his numerical-relativity simulations of binary neutron star mergers. more

Predicting gravitational waves

September 03, 2019
Dr. Jan Steinhoff becomes a group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics more
Researchers from the AEI in Potsdam and from the CEA in Saclay, Paris suggest how the planned space-based gravitational-wave observatory LISA can detect exoplanets orbiting white dwarf binaries everywhere in our Milky Way and in the nearby Magellanic Clouds. more
Key experts for searching gravitational waves from space assemble in Potsdam on May 13-15 more
The gravitational-wave candidates were likely produced by mergers of a neutron star-black hole binary and a binary neutron star more
The distinguished data-analysis expert from the University of Edinburgh comes to Potsdam. more
AEI researchers expect many more observations in one-year long data taking period more
More computing power to find and interpret gravitational-wave events in the data of the upcoming observation runs more
This strategic committee will make recommendations concerning the scientific themes of the next ESA science program Voyage 2050. more
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