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Research Group "Gravitationsphysik, Univ. Wien"
(Univ.-Prof. Piotr Chrusciel)

Head of the research group:
Last name:Chrusciel
First name(s):Piotr
Title (leading):Univ.-Prof.
Institution:University of Vienna
Organizational unit:Fakultät für Physik
Street address:Währinger Straße 17
Postal code:1090
Assignments to Research Areas:
Research area(s):
  • Theoretical Physics
Assignments to Fields of Work According to the Austrian System of Science Areas:
Field(s) of work:
  • Theoretical physics (103036)
  • Theory of relativity (103028)
Data Acquisition:
Date of the data acquisition:31.05.2012
Data acquisition period:from: 2007   up to including: 2011
Research Group at the Time of the Data Acquisition:
Scientific group members:
10 Persons
Univ.-Prof. i.R. Dr. Peter Christian Aichelburg
Ao. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Robert Beig
Univ.-Prof. Piotr T. Chrusciel, MSc PhD
Privatdoz. Dr. James Grant (Postdoc)
Privatdoz. MMag. Dr. Mark Heinzle (Postdoc)
Mag.Dr. Mikolaj Korzynski (Postdoc)
Dipl.-Phys. Tim-Torben Paetz (Praedoc)
Ao. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Helmut Rumpf
Univ.-Doz. Dr. Walter Simon (FWF))
Ao.Univ.-Prof. i.R. Dr. Helmuth Urbantke
Full-time equivalents:8
Percentage project-funded:25
Scientific Output in the Above Data Acquisition Period:
H-index of the group head:22
Five most important publications:
  1. R. Beig, J.M. Heinzle, and B.G. Schmidt; "Helically symmetric N-particle solutions in scalar gravity", Phys. Review Letters 98 (12) (2007)
  2. R. Beig, R.M. Schön; "On static n-body configurations in relativity", Class. Quantum Gravity 26, 075014 (2009)
  3. J.M. Heinzle, C.M. Uggla and N. Röhr; "The cosmological billard attractor", Adv.Theor.Math.Phys. 13, 293-407 (2009)
  4. P. Ajith, M. Hannam, S. Husa, Y. Chen, B. Brügmann, N. Dorband, D. Müller, F. Ohme, D. Pollney, C. Reisswig, L. Santamaría, and J. Seiler, 'Inspiral-Merger-Ringdown Waveforms for Black-Hole Binaries with Nonprecessing Spins', Phys. Rev. Lett. 106, 241101 (2011)
  5. P. T. Chrusciel, J. Corvino, and J. Isenberg, 'Construction of N-Body Initial Data Sets in General Relativity', Commun. Math. Phys. 304, 637 (2011)
  • J.M. Heinzle, C.M. Uggla: "A new proof of the Bianchi IX attractor theorem", Class. Quantum Gravity, 074016 (2009) unter den Highlights 2008-2009 des Journals Classical and Quantum Gravity
  • R. Beig, R.M. Schön: "On static n-body configurations in relativity", Class. Quantum Gravity 26, 075014 (2009) unter den Highlights 2008-2009 des Journals Classical and Quantum Gravity
  • J.M. Heinzle, R. Ringström: "Future asymptotics of vacuum Bianchi type VI solutions", Class. Quantum Gravity 27, 015009 (2010) unter den Highlights 2009-2010 des Journals Classical Quantum Gravity
  • P. T. Chrusciel, G. J. Galloway: "Uniqueness of static black holes without analyticity", Class. Quantum Grav. 27 152001, unter den Highlights 2010 des Journals Classical and Quantum Gravity
Five most important talks:
  1. Mark Heinzle: Mixmaster Fact and Belief, invited talk; Mitag-Leffler Institute of the Swedish Academy of Science, 20.11.2008
  2. Mark Heinzle: Generic singularities and spatially homogeneous models in general relativitiy,; Conference on Analysis Geometry and Dynamics on Lorentz manifolds, Lyon, Frankreich, 28.04.2010
  3. Robert Beig: Static 2-body configurations, invited talk; Mitag-Leffler Institute of the Swedish Academy of Science, 18.9.2008
  4. Piotr T. Chrusciel: Geometric Analysis and General Relativity, Banff International Research Station, Canada, June 20-25, 2010 (invited lecture)
  5. Piotr T. Chrusciel: Five dimensional black holes,
    Marker Lectures, Pennsylvania State University, USA, February 2011 (series of invited lectures)
Projects and Funding Granted in the Above Data Acquisition Period:
University funds:
  • innov. Projekt:
    Berufungszusage für Piotr Chrusciel
    Laufzeit: 2010 - 2014; Mittel: 40 kEuro
Competitive projects:
  • FWF:
    Formation of singularities in gravity
    Laufzeit: 2006 - 2008; Mittel: 186 kEuro
  • ESI:
    ESI Junior Fellowship C. Lübbe
    Laufzeit: 2007 - 2008; Mittel: 15 kEuro
  • FWF:
    Matter models for isolated bodies in general relativity
    Laufzeit: 2008 - 2010; Mittel: 103 kEuro
  • FWF:
    Black-hole-binary simulations and gravitational wave astronomy
    Laufzeit: 2009 - 2010; Mittel: 135 kEuro
  • FWF:
    Numerische Relativitätstheorie für GW-Beobachtungen
    Laufzeit: 2010 - 2011; Mittel: 91 kEuro
  • Univ. Wien:
    "Initiativkolleg" Differential geometry and Lie groups
    Laufzeit: 2007 - 2010; Mittel: 43 kEuro
  • FWF:
    Stationary black holes and Penrose inequalities
    Laufzeit: 2011-2014; Mittel: 213 kEuro
Research Topics:
Current research topics:
  • Mathematical Relativity
  • Numerical Relativity
  • The current research of our group in mathematical relativity is centered on evolution problems for the Einstein equations, the understanding of black hole space-times, study of singularities, and the elasticity theory in presence of gravitation. We use techniques from analysis and partial differential equations to study problems in geometry and general relativity.
  • Our numerical studies have on one side been focussed on gravitational wave astronomy and include the generation of phenomenological gravitational waveform templates for generic black hole binaries, evolution of binary black holes for high spins and high mass-ratios. On the other side we have systematically studied the relaxation processes of the nonlinear dynamics in scenarios of gravitational collapse, critical phenomena and the like.
Future topics (next 5 years):
  • The above research topics will remain at the centre of our interests also in the foreseeable future. But, given the breadth of methods which we are using, we are prepared and willing to react to new developments in the field of gravitational physics as they arise.
Teaching and Research Mobility in the Above Data Acquisition Period:
1 habilitation
  1. MMag. Dr. Mark Heinzle, habilitiert für Theoretische und Mathematische Physik an der Universität Wien 2011
Doctor's theses:
4 doctor's theses
  1. Roland Donninger: Spectral Properties and Stability of Self-Similar Wave Maps, Univ. Wien 2007
  2. Michael Pürrer: Global versus Local Aspects of Critical Collapse, Univ. Wien 2007
  3. Roger Tagné Wafo: Polyhomogeneous Solutions of Wave Equations near Null Infinity, Univ. Yaoundé (Kamerun) 2011
  4. Julien Cortier: Mathematical study of Black Hole spacetimes and of their initial data in General Relativity, Univ. Montpellier (Frankreich) 2011
Diploma and master theses:
8 theses
  1. Michael Krainer: Polar and equatorial orbits of spinless particles in Kerr spacetime, 2007
  2. Christian Pichler: System mit Zwangsbedingungen in geometrischer Darstellung, Univ. Wien 2007
  3. Stephan Broda: Comparison of two different formalisms for relativistic elasticity theory, Univ. Wien 2008
  4. Daniel Kupelwieser: Geometric Structures on Riemannian Manifolds and Compatible Connections, Univ.Wien 2008
  5. Birgit Schörkhuber: Linear Stability for Self-Similar Wave maps, Univ. Wien 2010
  6. Patricia Schmid: On a general 3+1 formalism: Electromagnetism and ideal hydrodynamics in curved spacetime, 2010
  7. Merzuk Kaltak: Particle Creation via Tunnelling, 2011
  8. Matthias Köck: Spinning Particles in General Relativity, 2011
Bachelor theses:
3 theses
  1. Lukas Hingerl: Theorien zur Newtonschen Kosmologie, 2010
  2. Christoph Lassnig: Rotierende Schwarze Löcher und Penrose-Prozess, 2012
  3. Anna Unterhofer: Bewegungen im Schwerefeld eines rotierenden Schwarzen Lochs, 2012
International networking:
  • Piotr Bizon (ingoing). Univ. of Cracow (2007)
  • Claus Kiefer (ingoing): Univ. Köln (2007)
  • M. Choptuik (ingoing): Univ. Cracow (2007)
  • Niall O'Murchadha (ingoing): Univ. of Cork, Ireland (2007)
  • Juan Antonio Valiente Kroon (ingoing): Queen Mary College, London (2007)
  • Simone Calogero (ingoing): Univ. Braga, Portugal (2008)
  • Johannes Markus Heinzle (outgoing): Postdoc position at the Mittag-Leffler Inst. of the Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm, Schweden (Aug - Dec. 2008)
  • David Wiltshire (ingoing): Univ. of Canterbury, Neuseeland (2008)
  • Tilman Sauer (ingoing): California Inst. of Technology (2008)
  • Enikö Regös (ingoing): CERN (2008)
  • Helmut Friedrich (ingoing): MPI Potsdam, Deutschland (2008)
  • Laszlo Szabados (ingoing): Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Ungarn (2008)
  • Lars Andersson (ingoing): MPI Potsdam, Deutschland (2008)
  • Marc Mars (ingoing): Univ. of Salamanca, Spanien (2008)
  • Piotr Chrusciel (ingoing): Oxford Univ., England (2008)
  • Juan Antonio Valiente Kroon (ingoing): Queen Mary College, London (2008)
  • Bernd Schmidt (ingoing): Univ. München, Deutschland (2008)
  • Sascha Husa (ingoing): MPI Potsdam, Deutschland (2008)
  • Anil Zenginoglu (ingoing): MPI Potsdam, Deutschland (2008)
  • Nikodem Szpak (ingoing): AEI Golm, Deutschland (2009)
  • Piotr Chrusciel (ingoing): Berufung zum Professor für Gravitationsphysik, Univ. Wien(2009)
  • Carlo Nicola Colacino (ingoing): Dipt. di Fisica "Enrico Fermi" & IFN Pisa, Italien (2009)
  • Juan Antonio Valiente Kroon (ingoing): Queen Mary College, London (2009)
  • Niall O'Murchadha (ingoing): Univ. of Cork, Ireland (2010)
  • Frank Ohme (ingoing): AEI Goldm, Deutschland (2010)
  • Omar Ortiz (ingoing): Univ. Nacional de Cordoba und AEI Golm, Argentinien und Deutschland (2010)
  • Luc Nguyen (ingoing): Univ. Oxford (2010)
  • Stefan Hollands (ingoing): Univ of Cardiff, England (2010)
  • Georg Ellis (ingoing): Cape Town Univ. , Südafrika (2010)
  • Jan Steinhoff (ingoing): Univ. Jena, Deutschland (2010)
  • Milton Ruiz (incoming): Univ. Jena, Deutschland (2010)
  • Walter Strauss (incoming): Brown University, Providence (2010)
  • Yvonne Choquet-Bruhat (incoming): Univ. France (2010)
  • Michael Eichmair (incoming): MIT, USA (2010)
  • Sasa Ilijic : Universität Zagreb (Oct. 2006- Juni 2007)
  • Johannes Markus Heinzle (outgoing): AEI Potsdam, Deutschland (2007)
  • Robert Beig (outgoing): Newton Institute, Cambridge, England (2005)
  • Peter Christian Aichelburg (outgoing): AEI, Potsdam, Deutschland (2008)
  • Robert Beig (outgoing): Mittag-Leffler Inst., Stockholm, Schweden (2008)
  • Peter Christian Aichelburg (outgoing): Mittag-Leffler Inst., Stockholm, Schweden (2008)
  • Johannes Markus Heinzle (outgoing): Fellowship at the Univ. of Karlstad, Schweden (2010)
  • Mark Hannam (in- and outgoing): from Univ. College Park, Ireland to Cardiff Univ. (Sept. 2009-Oct. 2010)
  • Roland Donninger (outgoing): Univ. of Chicago (2009)
  • Robert Beig (outgoing): Univ. of Edinburgh, England (2010)
  • Robert Beig (outgoing): MPI Golm, Deutschland (2010)
  • Piotr Chrusciel (outgoing): Univ. Grenada, Spanien (2010)
  • Piotr Chrusciel (outgoing): Jagiellonski Univ., Polen (2010)
  • Piotr Chrusciel (outgoing): Banff Intern. Research Station, Canada (2010)
  • Piotr Chrusciel (outgoing): GRG Gesellschaft, Mexiko (2010)
  • Piotr Chrusciel (outgoing): Maxwell Inst. For Math. Science, England (2010)
  • Piotr Chrusciel (outgoing): AEI Golm, Deutschland (2010)
  • Piotr Chrusciel (outgoing): Univ. Warszawa, Polen (2010)
  • Piotr Chrusciel (outgoing): Imperial College London, England (2010)
  • Piotr Chrusciel (outgoing): KFKI Research Inst. for particle and nuclear Physics, Hungarian Academie of Science, Ungarn (2010)
  • Piotr Chrusciel (outgoing): Univ. Francois-Rabelais de Tours, Frankreich (2010)
  • Piotr Chrusciel (outgoing): IMES, Frankreich (2010)
  • Piotr Chrusciel (outgoing): Centre de Conferences/CNRS, Frankreich
  • Johannes Markus Heinzle (outgoing): Univ. Grenada, Spanien (2010)
  • Johannes Markus Heinzle (outgoing): ENS Lyon, Frankreich (2010)
  • Johannes Markus Heinzle (outgoing): Inst. de Recherche Mathématique, Avancée de Strasbourg, Frankreich (2010)
  • Johannes Markus Heinzle (outgoing): Univ. of Edinburgh, England (2010)
  • Niall O `MURCHADHA, College Cork, Irland (2010)
  • Frank OHME, Albert Einstein Istitut, Deutschland (2010)
  • Omar ORTIZ, Univ. Cordoba, Argentinien (2010)
  • Luc NGUYEN, Univ. Oxford, England (2010)
  • Stefan HOLLANDS, Univ. Cardiff, England (2010)
  • George ELLIS, Univ. Cape Town, Südafrika (2010)
  • Jan STEINHOFF, Univ. Jena, Deutschland (2010)
  • Milton RUIZ, Univ. Jena, Deutschland (2010)
  • Walter STRAUSS, Brown Univ., Providence, USA (2010)
  • Daniel GRUMILLER, TU Wien (2010)
  • Birgit SCHÖRKHUBER, TU Wien (2010)
  • Michael EICHMAIR, MIT, USA (2010)
  • Christian SPREITZER, Fak. f. Mathematik, Wien (2010)
  • Robert Beig (outgoing): Laboratoire J.-L Lions, Frankreich (2011)
  • Piotr Chrusciel (outgoing): Univ. Luminy, Frankreich (2011)
  • Piotr Chrusciel (outgoing): Pennsylvania State Univ., USA (2011)
  • Piotr Chrusciel (outgoing): Warsaw Univ., Polen (2011)
  • Piotr Chrusciel (outgoing): Univ. Autonoma de Madrid, Spanien (2011)
  • Piotr Chrusciel (outgoing): Inst. des Hautes Etudes Scientific, Frankreich (2011)
  • Piotr Chrusciel (outgoing): Oregon State Univ., USA (2011)
  • Piotr Chrusciel (outgoing): Cracow Univ., Polen (2011)
  • Johannes Markus Heinzle (outgoing): Dept. De Matematica Aplicada, Fac. De. Ciencas Univ. Grenada, Spanien (2011)
  • Johannes Markus Heinzle (outgoing): Univ. of Cambridge, England (2011)
  • Johannes Markus Heinzle (outgoing): Göteborgs Univ., Schweden (2011)
  • Johannes Markus Heinzle (outgoing): Univ. Berlin, Deutschland (2011)
  • Johannes Markus Heinzle (outgoing): Univ. Karlstad, Schweden
  • Mikolaj Korzynski (outgoing): AEI, Potsdam, Deutschland (2011)
  • Mikolaj Korzynski (outgoing): MPI Potsdam, Deutschland (2011)
  • Patrik SANDIN, Univ. Karlstad, Schweden (2011)
  • Marc NARDMANN, Univ. Hamburg, Deutschland (2011)
  • Philippe LeFLOCH, Univ. Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, Frankreich (2011)
  • Juliette HELL, FU Berlin, Deutschland (2011)
  • Stoytcho YAZADJIEV, Univ. Sofia, Bulgarien (2011)
  • Donald G. SAARI, UC Irvine, USA (2011)
  • Erwann DELAY, Univ. Avignon, Frankreich (2011)
  • Caslav BRUKNER, Fak. f. Physik, Univ. Wien (2011)
  • Christina SORMANI, CUNY, New York, USA (2011)
  • Alan RENDALL, AEI Golm, Deutschland (2011)
  • Wolfgang GRAF, Hamburg, Deutschland (2011)
  • Gilbert WEINSTEIN, Monash Univ. , Australien (2011)
  • Mattias DAHL, Univ. Stockholm, Schweden (2011)
  • Igor PIKOVSKY, Fak. f. Physik, Univ. Wien (2011)
  • Vincent MONCRIEF, Yale Univ., USA (2011)
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