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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).

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 project.

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

Graduate Program

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 also

Bernard F. Schutz
Alessandra Buonanno
Jürgen Ehlers
Bruce Allen
Daniele Oriti
Hermann Nicolai
Karsten Danzmann


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External links

Homepage of the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics
Einstein Online - outreach website hosted at the institute about Einstein's theories of relativity
LISC website - website of the LISA International Science Collaboration hosted at the institute

Physics Encyclopedia

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