The Division focuses on the detection of gravitational waves and the development of gravitational-wave astronomy. This comprises the development and operation of large gravitational-wave detectors on the ground as well as in space, but also a full range of supporting laboratory experiments in quantum optics and laser physics.
According to Einstein´s theory of General Relativity, accelerated masses produce gravitational waves – perturbations of spacetime propagating at the speed of light through the universe, unhindered by intervening mass. The direct observation of gravitational waves on September 14, 2015 added a new sense to our perception of the Universe.
In the future, we will for the first time listen to the Universe.