The department “Observational Relativity and Cosmology” closely cooperates with different institutions and research groups worldwide.
The Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing, BOINC provides the framework for the distributed computing project Einstein@Home. Members from our group contribute to the developement of BOINC.
As members of the Cosmic Explorer Consortium we are investigating the science case for the planned third-generation gravitational-wave detector in the US.
Our gamma-ray pulsar group analyzes data from the Fermi Gamma-ray space telescope for weak signals from faint gamma-ray pulsars. Employing newly-developed search methods inspired by gravitational-wave searches, several exciting discoveries have been made. The Einstein@Home project also analyzes data from the Fermi Gamma-ray space telescope for weak signals from rapidly-rotating, faint gamma-ray pulsars.
Our department closely collaborates with Prof. Dr. Michael Kramers group for Fundamental Physics in Radio Astronomy Group at the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn. Common projects include the search for unknown gamma-ray pulsars in data from the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope and searches for new radio pulsars in data from the Parkes Radio Telescope and the Effelsberg 100-meter Radio Telescope.
The work in our group deals with analyzing data from the ground-based LIGO Scientific Collaboration gravitational-wave detectors.
Our group is closely connected to the LSC group at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Bruce Allen holds a position as adjunct professor in the LSC group at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
The distributed volunteer computing project Einstein@Home analyzes data from the Arecibo Radio Telescope, acquired by the PALFA Consortium. The international consortium coordinates the data acquisition and data analysis of large-scale survey observations using the Arecibo Radio Telescope – the PALFA survey. Our group closely collaborates with the PALFA Consortium to ensure the best-possible and fastest analysis of the observational data.
Members of our Pulsars group collaborate with our Jodrell Bank and University of Manchester colleagues on optical observations of and searches for black-widow and redback pulsar candidates, which enable Einstein@Home searches for gamma-ray pulsars in such binary systems.
Our Pulsars group is a member of the “Transients and Pulsars with MeerKAT” collaboration. We are searching for new radio pulsars in unidentified gamma-ray sources and follow up newly discovered radio pulsars by searching for their gamma-ray pulsations.