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 different expected types of gravitational wave sources. This includes burst, stochastic, continuous wave, and inspiral signals in data from ground-based gravitational wave detectors.

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.

Gravitational-wave Astronomy in O3

Up-to-date information on gravitational-wave astronomy and expertise at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Hannover and Potsdam.

Gravitational-wave Astronomy in O3

Up-to-date information on gravitational-wave astronomy and expertise at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Hannover and Potsdam. [more]

Contact

Prof. Dr. Bruce Allen
Prof. Dr. Bruce Allen
Director
Phone:+49 511 762-17148Fax:+49 511 762-17182

Homepage of Bruce Allen

Jobs

Observational Relativity and Cosmology

Stephanie Brown
Stephanie Brown
Phone:+49 511 762-17063

Dr. Collin Capano
Dr. Collin Capano
Phone:+49 511 762-17097Fax:+49 511 762-2784

Dr. Henning Fehrmann
Dr. Henning Fehrmann
Phone:+49 511 762-17135Fax:+49 511 762-2784

Dr. Francisco Jimenez Forteza
Dr. Francisco Jimenez Forteza
Phone:+49 511 762-17173

Dr. Badri Krishnan
Dr. Badri Krishnan
Group leader
Phone:+49 511 762-17134Fax:+49 511 762-2784
 
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