The Albert Einstein Center for Gravitation and Astrophysics

The Albert Einstein Center for Gravitation and Astrophysics was established in 2014 to bring together four leading research teams in the Czech Republic in the field of general relativity, gravitation, relativistic astrophysics and cosmology. It includes researchers from the Institute of Theoretical Physics (ITP) and the Institute of Astronomy of the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of Charles University, from the Institute of Astronomy and the Institute of Mathematics of the Czech Academy of Sciences and from the Institute of Physics of the Faculty of Philosophy and Science of the Silesian University in Opava.

Among the members, there are internationally recognized leaders as well as young researchers, most of them were associated with the ITP in the past as students. More recently, postdocs from various foreign countries have been doing research within the Center. The main interests are focused on the physics and astrophysics of black holes, properties of gravitational radiation, construction and interpretation of exact solutions of the Einstein equations, including higher-dimensional gravity theories, conservation laws in general relativity and other theories of gravity, gravitational lensing, various aspects of perturbation theories in general relativity and cosmology, etc. We are also interested in the history of general relativity, relativistic astrophysics and cosmology. We have established a number of international contacts, in particular with the Albert Einstein Institute in Golm/Potsdam, with the Institute of Astronomy and DAMTP at the University of Cambridge, with the Perimeter Institute in Canada, etc., and we have organized international conferences and meetings.

For more details, see

Charles University Faculty of Mathematics and Physics
Czech Academy of Sciences Astronomical Institute
Institute of Mathematics
Silesian University in Opava Faculty of Philosophy and Sciences
Contact: Prof. Jiří Bičák
Principal Investigator