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News from the Gravitational Universe

January 06, 2020
LIGO and Virgo observe a distant binary neutron star merger with surprisingly high mass [more]
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Squeezed Light Success at Virgo

December 05, 2019
The gravitational-wave observatory near Pisa listens deeper into the cosmos with technology from Hanover [more]
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LIGO and Virgo continue their observation run

November 05, 2019
On November 1st at 15:00 UTC, the LIGO and Virgo gravitational-wave detectors resumed their search for gravitational waves. All three sites halted operations for the entire month of October to perform some maintenance and upgrades. [more]
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Karsten Danzmann accepted into the Hall of Fame of German Research

October 29, 2019
Max Planck Director and Professor at Leibniz Universität Hannover honored [more]
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3 July 2019: Eddington Medal for Bernard Schutz

July 01, 2019
Director emeritus at the AEI in Potsdam will be awarded this year’s Eddington Medal by the Royal Astronomical Society. [more]
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Bernard Schutz elected member of the US National Academy of Sciences

May 10, 2019
Membership in the National Academy of Sciences is considered one of the highest honors a scientist can receive [more]
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Open Day at GEO600 on 16th June 2019

May 09, 2019
Visit the gravitational-wave detector near Sarstedt [more]
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LIGO and Virgo detect more neutron star coalescences

May 02, 2019
The gravitational-wave candidates were likely produced by mergers of a neutron star-black hole binary and a binary neutron star [more]
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Gravitational-wave detectors begin third observation run

March 26, 2019
AEI researchers expect many more observations in one-year long data taking period [more]
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Eddington Medal for Bernard Schutz

January 11, 2019
Director emeritus at the AEI in Potsdam will be awarded this year’s Eddington Medal by the Royal Astronomical Society. [more]
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New squeezing record at GEO600

December 13, 2018
The German-British gravitational-wave detector makes a key step towards third-generation observatories like the Einstein Telescope [more]
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LIGO and Virgo announce four new gravitational-wave detections

December 03, 2018
The observatories are also releasing their first catalog of gravitational-wave events [more]
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Strong victory in excellence strategy

September 27, 2018
Leibniz Universität Hannover wins funding for two own research projects. The Institute for Gravitational Physics and the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics are partners in both. [more]
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Brunswick Research Prize for Karsten Danzmann

August 22, 2018
GEO600 researcher, Max Planck director, and professor at Leibniz Universität Hannover will receive the award from the city of Brunswick and the association “ForschungRegion Braunschweig e.V.” on the 28th September [more]
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Edison Volta Prize 2018 of the European Physical Society for GEO600 researchers

May 15, 2018
Award for Karsten Danzmann and Jim Hough together with French, and Italian colleagues [more]
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Open Day at GEO600 on 17th June 2018

March 28, 2018
Visit the gravitational-wave detector near Sarstedt [more]
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Cutting-edge technology from Hannover for the Virgo gravitational-wave detector in Italy

January 25, 2018
Squeezed-light source developed at the Albert Einstein Institute to make Virgo even more sensitive to gravitational waves [more]
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LIGO instruments detect fifth binary black hole merger

November 16, 2017
New discovery is lightest system so far observed [more]
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Post a Gravitational Wave!

October 27, 2017
Numerical-relativity simulation performed at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics on a new Deutsche Post stamp [more]
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First observation of gravitational waves from merging neutron stars

October 16, 2017
Discovery marks first cosmic event observed in both gravitational waves and light [more]
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Nobel Prize awarded to gravitational wave researchers

October 03, 2017
Congratulations from the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Potsdam and Hannover, and the Leibniz Universität Hannover [more]
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Three ears listen even more accurately than two

September 27, 2017
Another pair of merging black holes observed: This time, three large detectors have caught the gravitational wave [more]