The AEI in Hannover hosts an independent Max Planck Research Group that specializes in observations and numerical simulations of black hole and neutron star binary systems. The group closely cooperates with the Observational Relativity and Cosmology division of Bruce Allen.
The goal of this Max Planck Independent Research Group is to decipher gravitational-wave observations of merging black holes and neutron stars with the help of our most sophisticated theoretical tool: large-scale numerical simulations of these violent collisions. [more]
The primary goal of our research is to make the first direct detection of gravitational waves from spinning neutron stars, and thus to observe these stars via a completely different physical mechanism, which would carry important new information about their internal structure and composition.