The Albert Einstein Institute in Hannover
In Hannover, the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute) cooperates closely with the Institute for Gravitational Physics of the Leibniz Universität Hannover.
Both play a decisive role in the development of gravitational wave astronomy. Construction, operation and further development of the gravitational wave detector GEO600 in strong collaboration with the global network of the other large gravitational-wave detectors are some of the institutes' fields of work. The AEI also plays a leading role in the preparation of the satellite missions LISA Pathfinder, LISA, and GRACE Follow-on. All these require research in laser physics, quantum optics, control systems and gravitational physics.
In order to analyze the data from the worldwide network of gravitational-wave detectors, effective mathematical methods have to be developed and a large computer cluster (ATLAS) is in operation. Similar methods are also developed and implement to search for weak signals from other astrophysical sources. The distributed computing project Einstein@Home involves the public in the search for pulsars and gravitational waves.
The Albert Einstein Institute aims to educate a new generation of young researchers in all these fields.
Karsten Danzmann and his division Laser Interferometry and Gravitational Wave Astronomy focus on the development of gravitational wave detectors on Earth as well as in Space.
Research in Bruce Allen's division Observational Relativity and Cosmology is focused on the direct observational consequences of Einstein's General Theory of Relativity, particularly as it relates to astrophysics and cosmology.
AEI Hannover hosts three independent research groups: one is permanent and is working on continuous gravitational waves, another one works on binary merger observations and numerical relativity, and the third one is a Lise Meitner Group focusing on gravitational theory and cosmology.
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 four Max Planck Partner Groups which are led by former AEI postdocs.