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QuantumFrontiers engages in teacher training on gravitational wave astronomy

QuantumFrontiers engages in teacher training on gravitational wave astronomy

© S. Ossokine, A. Buonanno/AEI
Gravitational wave. Source: S. Ossokine, A. Buonanno (Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics), Simulating eXtreme Spacetimes project, W. Benger (Airborne Hydro Mapping GmbH)

The detection of gravitational waves is one of the major physical breakthroughs of recent years. Their in-depth exploration is one of the central research goals of QuantumFrontiers. Scientists of the Cluster of Excellence are among the leading minds in the field.

However, gravitational wave astronomy is not only cutting-edge research, but also offers a lot from a pedagogical-didactic point of view. Fundamental theories of physics such as mechanics, optics, wave theory, relativity and astronomy combine here with data analysis and a variety of simulations. Online curricula enable the treatment of gravitational wave astronomy as a multimedia and interactive learning project.

The German Physical Society (DPG) is organising a teacher training course in June in which some important concepts of gravitational wave astronomy will be elaborated and ideas and suggestions for physics lessons will be developed. QuantumFrontiers members are involved both in the scientific organisation of the conference and as lecturers for the week-long event.

The course will take place from 26 to 30 June 2023 at the Physikzentrum Bad Honnef. Further information and a registration form can be found on the DPG website (in German).