The IMPRS on Gravitational Wave Astronomy is a collaboration between the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute, AEI), which is located in Potsdam and Hannover, the Leibniz Universität Hannover, and the Laser Zentrum Hannover.
Scientific research ranges from laser development, interferometry and quantum optics to data analysis and numerical simulations of gravitational wave sources. The AEI and the Institute of Gravitational Physics of the Leibniz Universität Hannover develop and operate the gravitational wave detector GEO600 in the vicinity of Hannover, in cooperation with UK partners in Glasgow and Cardiff, and play a leading role in the development of LISA, the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna.The current mission design for the next ESA L2 mission opportunity is called evolving LISA (eLISA).
Participating research groups
The AEI Hannover includes two divisions:
- Laser Interferometry and Gravitational Wave Astronomy Division (Karsten Danzmann)
- Observational Relativity and Cosmology Division (Bruce Allen)
Director Prof. Dr. Alessandra Buonanno