The AEI in Potsdam hosts five independent research groups including a permanent one that specializes in geometry and gravitation. The other independent research groups ar working on black hole theory, theoretical cosmology, quantum fields and information, and in history of quantum gravity (in collaboration with the MPI for the History of Science in Berlin). 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 primary goal of this permanent Max Planck Research Group's 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.
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.
Group Leader: Dr. Anna Ijjas The Lise Meitner Research Group’s primary focus involves applications of mathematical and numerical relativity to study theories of the origin, evolution, and future of the universe and the relationship to black hole physics and other aspects of gravitational theory.
This independent research group, funded by the Humboldt Foundation through a Sofja Kovalevskaja Award, aims at exploring the intersection of gravitational and high-energy physics with quantum information science.
This research group focuses on the history of the search for a quantum gravity theory. The group is a joint Max Planck Research Group of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin and the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Potsdam.