Raphael Kopp

Astrophysikalische und Kosmologische Relativitätstheorie
Standort Potsdam
+49 331 567-7250
+49 331 567-7298


One of my main interests is the relation between gauge theories and gravity theories. There are multiple applications where one can obtain quantities in gravity from gauge theory solutions, i.e. gravitational amplitudes can be obtained as a „square“ of Yang-Mills amplitudes by the so-called double copy.
At the moment I am focusing on the usage of quantum field theoretical methods that can be used to calculate the scattering of two black holes.
One approach is here to treat black holes as point particles described by an effective field theory. At this point I am trying to generalize existing techniques for non-spinning black holes to ones that describe spinning black holes.


I received my Bachelor’s degree in 2019 from Humboldt University of Berlin, but also spent a semester abroad at the New York university in the fall term of 2017. In both, my bachelors and my ongoing master studies I specialized in theoretical physics and focused among others on quantum field theory and general relativity. Currently, I am working on my master thesis in a joint project of the Albert Einstein Institute (department of Prof. Alessandra Buonanno) and Humboldt University under the supervision of Dr. Jan Steinhoff and Prof. Dr. Jan Plefka.
Moreover, I work as a student assistant since 2019 and gained first experiences in teaching undergraduate students in theoretical physics.

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