Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics

The Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute) is a Max Planck Institute whose research is aimed at investigating Einstein’s theory of relativity and beyond: Mathematics, quantum gravity, astrophysical relativity, and gravitational wave astronomy. The Institute was founded in 1995 and is located in Golm, Potsdam (theoretical branch) and in Hannover (experimental branch).

Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics
Albert Einstein Institute
Institute's logo
Typenon-profit research organization[1]
HeadquartersGolm and Hannover, Germany[1]
Bruce Allen and Hermann Nicolai
Main organ
Max Planck Society

The institute is involved in a number of collaborations and projects: The experimental branch is a main partner in the gravitational wave detector GEO 600; institute scientists are involved in analyzing data for the detectors of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration and in planning and preparing the space-based detector LISA. The institute is also a major player in the Einstein@Home and PyCBC projects.

Since 1998, the institute has published the open access review journal Living Reviews in Relativity.


  • Astrophysical and Cosmological Relativity (Alessandra Buonanno); Potsdam
    • Theoretical Gravitational Dynamics and Radiation (Alessandra Buonanno)
    • Source Modeling and Astrophysics (Harald Pfeiffer)
    • Observing and Interpreting Gravitational Waves (Jonathan Gair)
  • Computational Relativistic Astrophysics (Masaru Shibata); Potsdam
  • Quantum Gravity and Unified Theories (Hermann Nicolai); Potsdam
    • Conformal Field Theory (Hermann Nicolai)
    • Microscopic Quantum Structure and Dynamics of Spacetime (Daniele Oriti)
    • String Theory (Stefan Theisen)
    • Supergravity and Symmetries (Axel Kleinschmidt)
    • Superstring Amplitudes (Hermann Nicolai)
  • Laser Interferometry and Gravitational Wave Astronomy (Karsten Danzmann); Hannover
    • Interferometry in Space (Gerhard Heinzel)
    • Interferometry on the Ground (Christoph Affeldt)
    • Quantum Control (Michèle Heurs)
  • Observational Relativity and Cosmology (Bruce Allen); Hannover
    • Compact Binary Coalescence Searches (Badri Krishnan)
    • Gamma-ray pulsar searches (Lars Nieder)
    • Gravitational-wave bursts searches (Serena Vinciguerra)

Independent Research GroupsEdit

  • Geometry and Gravitation (Lars Andersson); Potsdam
  • Searching for Continuous Gravitational Waves (Maria Alessandra Papa); Hannover
  • Binary Merger Observations and Numerical Relativity (Frank Ohme); Hannover
  • Gravitation and Black Hole Theory (Maria Rodriguez); Potsdam
  • Gravitational Theory and Cosmology (Anna Ijjas); Hannover
  • Gravity, Quantum Fields and Information (Michal P. Heller); Potsdam
  • Historical Epistemology of the Final Theory Program (Alexander Blum); Potsdam
  • Theoretical Cosmology (Jean-Luc Lehners); Potsdam

Graduate ProgramEdit

The institute participates in two International Max Planck Research Schools (IMPRS). Such research schools are graduate programs run by Max Planck Institutes in partnership with local universities, offering a Ph.D. degree.

Since 2004, there is the IMPRS for Geometric Analysis, Gravitation and String Theory in partnership with Berlin's Free University and Humboldt University as well as the University of Potsdam.

The IMPRS on Gravitational Wave Astronomy is run in cooperation with the University of Hannover and the Laser Centre Hannover.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c AEI at a glance at

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Coordinates: 52°24′59″N 12°58′9″E / 52.41639°N 12.96917°E / 52.41639; 12.96917