The MSU Gravity Group studies extreme astrophysical phenomena, such as the inspiral and merger of black holes and neutron stars, to further our understanding of astrophysics and fundamental physics. The incredible conditions that occur in these astrophysical events far exceed those attainable in Earth laboratories, and thus, their potential for new discovery is enormous. Our research involves Einstein's theory of General Relativity, black holes, neutron stars, cosmology, and theories beyond Einstein's.

All members of the Gravity group are involved in top-tier research that is published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at national and international conferences. This research is disseminated through pulbic outreach efforts, in collaboration with Extended University and the Montana Space Grant Consortium.

The Gravity Group Manifesto

  • We believe that we exist to make great discoveries
  • We believe in innovation and thinking out of the box
  • We believe in the simple, not the complex
  • We believe in seeking a deep understanding of the mathematics behind the discoveries we make
  • We believe in doing research only on areas where we can make a significant and new contribution
  • We believe in saying no to thousands of projects so that we can concentrate our efforts on the most meaningful ones
  • We believe in extensive collaboration and cross-pollination in order to innovate in ways individuals cannot
  • We believe in striving for excellence in all aspects of our work and we settle for no less
  • We believe in honesty above all, even when the truth does not benefit us
  • We have the courage to admit when we are wrong, the tenacity to change and the determination to improve

These are the values embedded in the Gravity group since 1967

(Adapted from a speech given by Tim Cook)