Research Topics

Research in the 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.

The most important research area of our division is the development and implementation of data analysis algorithms to search for the four different expected types of gravitational wave sources. This includes burst, stochastic, continuous wave, and inspiral signals in data from ground-based gravitational wave detectors. As part of an international data-sharing collaboration, group members currently have full access to data from the most sensitive five detectors instruments available (3 x LIGO, 1 x Virgo and 1 x GEO). This access to the world's best data will continue in the future through several international collaborative data-sharing agreements.

Searches for weak gravitational wave signals are very compute-intensive. In some cases, the lack of computing resources makes the searches substantially less sensitive than would be possible using the same experimental data, but with infinite computing power. For this reason, one of the central activities of the group is to maintain and increase the computing resources available to us. The group operates the ATLAS computing cluster, which is the world's largest and most powerful resource dedicated to gravitational wave searches and data analysis. It also plays a leading role in the Einstein@Home project, which uses computing power donated by the general public to search for gravitational waves and electromagnetic emission from neutron stars.

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Prof. Dr. Bruce Allen
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Observational Relativity and Cosmology

Bruce Allen

Carsten Aulbert

Gregory Ashton

Christian Beer

Ofek Birnholtz

Oliver Bock

Miriam Cabero Müller

Collin Capano

Colin Clark

Thomas Dent

Vladimir Dergachev
Astrophysical and Cosmological Relativity, Golm

Marco Drago

Christoph Dreißigacker

Heinz-B. Eggenstein
Astrophysical and Cosmological Relativity, Golm

Henning Fehrmann

Evan Goetz

Nathaniel Indik

Benjamin Knispel

Badri Krishnan

Andrew Lundgren

Bernd Machenschalk

Grant Meadors
Astrophysical and Cosmological Relativity, Golm

Jing Ming
Astrophysical and Cosmological Relativity, Golm

Arunava Mukherjee

Lars Nieder

Alex Nielsen

Alex Nitz

Maria Alessandra Papa
Astrophysical and Cosmological Relativity, Golm

Alexander Post

Reinhard Prix

Gabriele Richardson

Francesco Salemi

Avneet Singh
Astrophysical and Cosmological Relativity, Golm

Andrey Shoom

Sinéad Walsh
Astrophysical and Cosmological Relativity, Golm

Julian Westerweck

Sylvia Zhu
Astrophysical and Cosmological Relativity, Golm

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Prof. Dr. Bruce Allen
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Dr. Carsten Aulbert
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Dr. Gregory Ashton
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Christian Beer
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Dr. Ofek Birnholtz
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Oliver Bock
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Miriam Cabero Müller
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Dr. Collin Capano
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Dr. Colin Clark
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Dr. Thomas Dent
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Dr. Vladimir Dergachev

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Dr. Marco Drago
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Christoph Dreißigacker
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Heinz-Bernd Eggenstein
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Dr. Henning Fehrmann
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Dr. Evan Goetz
LSC Fellow at LIGO Hanford

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Nathaniel Indik
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Dr. Benjamin Knispel
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Dr. Badri Krishnan
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Dr. Andrew Lundgren
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Bernd Machenschalk
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Dr. Grant David Meadors
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Jing Ming
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Dr. Arunava Mukherjee
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Member of Observational Relativity and Cosmology

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Lars Nieder
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Dr. Alex Nielsen
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Dr. Alex Nitz
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Dr. Maria Alessandra Papa
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Alexander Post
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Dr. Reinhard Prix
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Gabriele Richardson
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Dr. Francesco Salemi
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Avneet Singh
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Dr. Andrey Shoom

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Dr. Sinéad Walsh
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Member of Astrophysical and Cosmological Relativity

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Julian Westerweck
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Dr. Sylvia Zhu
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