Gravitational Wave Astrophysics and Observations

The direct observation of gravitational waves opens radically new opportunities for the study of compact objects – neutron stars and black holes – and the behaviour of extreme gravity in completed untested regimes.

A hundred years after Albert Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational radiation as an intimate consequence of General Relativity, a new class of "telescopes" is about to allow us to observe the gravitational-wave sky.

Our work spans the wide variety of challenges and opportunities in connection with present and future observations with the world-wide network of ground-based laser interferometers (LIGO, VIRGO, and GEO 600) and Pulsar Timing Arrays, including:

Many of our activities are an integral part of the research efforts of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC) and the European Pulsar Timing Array (EPTA). We make use of state-of-the art computational facilities for simulations and data analysis, including an in-house 1500-CPU Beowulf cluster.