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. Soon we will have the chance to open a new window onto the universe and "see" the dark side of it through the direct observation of Einstein's gravitational waves.
A unique mix of theory and experiment
The International Max Planck Research School on Gravitational Wave Astronomy offers 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.
We welcome applications from students of all countries who will become the next generation of gravitational wave astronomers.