Gravitational Theory

Astrophysical relativity is the field of exploring general relativity in its observational aspects with the aid of analytical methods. The aim is to better understand relativistic gravitational phenomena and to make precise quantitative statements in the weak- and even strong-field perturbative regime of general relativity.

A particular emphasis of our research is on the analytical and semi-analytical modelling of sources of gravitational waves which is carried out in the framework of the German research network SFB/TR 7 "Gravitational Wave Astronomy".

The group is lead by Prof. Gerhard Schäfer and currently includes 2 postdocs, 1 PhD student and 1 diploma student.