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.
The research carried out in this division, 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.
Research in the division 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.
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.
Bernard Schutz is one of the founding directors of the MPI 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.
The AEI in Potsdam hosts three independent research groups that specialize in black hole theory, theoretical cosmology, and quantum fields and information. In addition, a Max Planck Research Group at the MPI for the History of Science and the AEI is investigating the history of quantum gravity.
All these groups cooperate closely with the divisions at the AEI.
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 three Max Planck Partner Groups which are led by former AEI postdocs.