Research at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics

Fundamentals for innovation and progress in pure and applied mathematics and in the following fields: quantum optics, gravitation, solid state physics, meteorology and radioecology

  • Institute of Gravitational Physics - Picture: Installation of the stabilised 200-watt laser system at the Advanced LIGO Gravitational Wave Detector in Hanford (USA) (photo: Willke)

  • Institute of Differential Geometry - Picture: The Klein Bottle as an example of a non-oriented closed space

  • Institute of Solid-State Physics - Picture: diagram of a graphene nanoribbon (black atoms) on SiC (orange-grey). Inset: the transport behaviour can be measured in detail with a 4-tip STM. (picture: Tegenkamp)

  • Institute of Algebra, Number Theory and Discrete Mathematics

  • Institute of Mathematics and Physics Education - Picture: A pupil investigates the spread of hot water in cold water (photo: Weßnigk)

  • Institute of Analysis - Picture: Mathematical Physics/Spectral theory: Spectrum of a Schrödinger operator with magnetic field dependent on disturbances of varying strength (picture: Gruber)

  • Institute of Algebraic Geometry - Picture: Mirror symmetry of isolated singularities of algebraic varieties (picture: A. Frühbis-Krüger, K. Frey)

  • Institute of Applied Mathematics - Picture: Simulation of the spread of an invasive tumour with a necrotic nucleus: Example of a diffuse, age-structured population (Image: Walker, Webb)

  • Institute of Meteorology and Climatology – Picture: Influence of turbulence generated by a building (blue) on a landing aircraft. Red / green areas indicate areas of high / low turbulence intensity. (photo: Knoop, Knigge)

  • Institute of Quantum Optics – Picture: Two-colour pumped optical parametric amplifier for generating single-cycle laser pulses (photo: Morgner)

Information on individual research areas at our faculty can be found on the pages of the relevant Institutes

An overview of the different research areas can be gained from our faculty handbook

GRAVITATIONAL WAVES DEMONSTRATED

The first observation of two merging black holes by LIGO

For the first time, scientists have observed ripples of space-time, called gravitational waves, which - triggered by a major event in the distant universe - reached the earth. This observation confirms an important prediction of the general relativity theory formulated by Albert Einstein in 1915. At the same time it opens a completely new window to the cosmos.

Press Releases of Leibniz Universität Hannover

Gravitationswellen, die während der Verschmelzung zweier Schwarzer Löcher abgestrahlt werden. Abb. 18 © S. Ossokine, A. Buonanno (Max-Planck-Institut für Gravitationsphysik), Simulating eXtreme Spacetimes Projekt, D. Steinhauser (Airborne Hydro Mapping GmbH) Gravitationswellen, die während der Verschmelzung zweier Schwarzer Löcher abgestrahlt werden. Abb. 18 © S. Ossokine, A. Buonanno (Max-Planck-Institut für Gravitationsphysik), Simulating eXtreme Spacetimes Projekt, D. Steinhauser (Airborne Hydro Mapping GmbH) Gravitationswellen, die während der Verschmelzung zweier Schwarzer Löcher abgestrahlt werden. Abb. 18 © S. Ossokine, A. Buonanno (Max-Planck-Institut für Gravitationsphysik), Simulating eXtreme Spacetimes Projekt, D. Steinhauser (Airborne Hydro Mapping GmbH)
Gravitational waves emitted during the fusion of two black holes.