# The Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute) in Potsdam

Research at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute) is aimed at investigating Einstein’s relativity and beyond: quantum gravity, astrophysical and cosmological relativity, computational relativistic astrophysics. Our work encompasses the unification of the fundamental theories of physics, research into gravitational wave patterns from neutron stars and black holes, and investigations of the mathematical foundations of Einstein's theory of space-time and gravitation.

#### Research Divisions

#### Astrophysical and Cosmological Relativity

#### Computational and Relativistic Astrophysics

*Computational Relativisic Astrophysics*, led by Masaru Shibata, covers mergers of binary neutron stars and mixed binaries as well as stellar core collapse that form black holes. The division also focuses on studying more fundamental aspects of General Relativity using numerical tools. [more]

#### Quantum Gravity and Unified Theories

This division, led by Hermann Nicolai, is concerned with the unification of general relativity and quantum mechanics into a theory of quantum gravity, which also provides a consistent framework for incorporating the other fundamental forces in nature.

[more]#### Director Emeritus Bernard F. Schutz

#### Independent Research Groups

#### Max Planck Partner Groups