Welcome to the the International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) on Gravitational Wave Astronomy.
Our aim is to provide first-class training and education for outstanding doctoral students from all over the world in a stimulating research environment. This competitive doctoral program provides its fellows with an excellent starting platform for a successful career. We offer the unique opportunity to learn about gravitational wave research in both the theoretical and the experimental fields. The partnership of universities, leading research institutes and the GEO600 gravitational wave detector will provide our students with the opportunity to become familiar with all aspects of this exciting and promising research discipline.
Scientific research in this graduate school ranges from laser development, interferometry and quantum optics to data analysis and numerical simulations of gravitational wave sources.
96% of our universe is dark in the sense that we cannot observe it with optical, radio, or X-ray telescopes as it does not emit electromagnetic radiation, and we do not know yet what it consists of. But we know that black holes, dark matter, and dark energy exist because of their gravitational influence. Recently for the first time, scientists have observed gravitational waves. This confirms a major prediction of Albert Einstein's 1915 general theory of relativity and penes a new window onto the universe. We look forward to hearing the dark side of the universe soon.
We welcome applications from students of all countries who will become the next generation of gravitational wave astronomers.