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The aim of the Society is to consolidate the outstanding Polish relativists in the thriving environment, worldwide promotion of the information about the Polish achievements in relativity, bringing to Poland the knowledge of achievements of other communities in the area of the theory of relativity, the provision of the best possible conditions for Polish students, postgraduates and young scientists to help start their own research at the highest level in the modern fields of relativistic physics and mathematics of space-time.

Present events:

20-23 September 2021: 7th Conference of the Polish Society on Relativity The 7th annual conference of the Polish Society on Relativity will be held at the Łódź University of Technology. The conference will be divided into seven sessions.

  • Conference dedicated to 85th birthday of prof. Jerzy Lukierski (UWr), one of the founding members od Potor
  • Access through the Zoom platform.
  • "This symposium will take the form of virtual video-conference gathering old and young scientific friends linked to the varied activities of Jerzy Lukierski - from conventional quantum field theory, supersymmetries, twistors, deformations to studies of quantum gravity (QG) and noncommutative geometry."

Past events:

24.03.2021: It was with great sadness that we learned that Ted Newman, an honorary member of our Society, passed away on March 24, 2021, at the age of 92.

Ted Newman was born in New York City and graduated from the famous Bronx High School of Science there, then studied physics at New York University where he received his B.S. in 1951. He did his doctoral studies at Syracuse University in Peter Bergmann's group receiving his PhD in 1956. In 1956 he joined the University of Pittsburgh and worked there for the rest of his life. In the early 1960s Peter Bergmann organized a large group at Syracuse to work on the general theory of relativity. Members of this group included Joshua Goldberg, Roger Penrose, Rainer Sachs, Roy Kerr and for the 1960/61 academic year Ted Newman was also there. The focus was on research on two fundamental problems - gravitational waves and quantization of the gravitational field. Roger Penrose was fascinated by the spin description of the gravitational field and, together with Newman, wrote down Einstein's equations in the language of spinors creating the Newman-Penrose formalism, which is still popular today. Over the next several years, Newman developed this formalism and applied it to the study of the asymptotic properties of the gravitational field and the search for new exact solutions to Einstein's equations. Using this formalism, he found a rigorous solution to the Einstein-Maxwell equations describing an electrically charged and rotating black hole. Such a black hole is now called a Kerr-Newman black hole. He and his collaborators L. Tamburino and T. Unti found a vacuum extension of the Schwarzschild metric now known as the NUT spacetime. The Newman-Penrose formalism naturally introduces a composite description of spacetime. Together with Allen Janis, Newman proposed a new method for finding exact solutions to Einstein's equations using the complex coordinate rotations and basis vectors used in the Newman-Penrose formalism. The study of the asymptotic properties of gravitational and electromagnetic fields led to the discovery of asymptotic null surfaces associated with the congruence of null geodesic without shear. The intersection of these surfaces with the null boundary of conformally completed spacetime was named Heaven because they are self-dual solutions to Einstein's vacuum equations. The study of null geodesic congruences also allowed Newman to introduce the classification of caustics and wave fronts and a more accurate description of gravitational lensing. More recently, Newman has been interested in the possibility of reproducing the behavior of compact sources of a gravitational field from the asymptotic properties of that field. Ted Newman first came to Poland in 1962 for the International Conference on the Theory of Gravitation in Jablonno. He took a special liking to Poland and came very often, usually together with Josh Goldberg. His favorite time for visits was the second half of June, when fresh strawberries and cherries were available at the stalls in Warsaw. Ted Newman was usually full of energy and ideas. He liked classical music and greatly appreciated Górecki and especially Penderecki. He was last in Warsaw for Jurek Fest in September 2019.

NOBEL PRIZE IN PHYSICS 2020 (Roger Penrose, Reinhard Genzel, Andrea Ghez)

A group of friends discussing over dinner the classical and quantum black holes [Warszawa, Sep the 14th, 2019]
from left: Jerzy Lewandowski, Roger Penrose, Yongge Ma, Ted Newman, Carlo Rovelli, Francesca Vidotto

Sir Roger Penrose, Honorary Member of the Polish Society on Relativity is among the 2020 Nobel Laureates in Physics. His distinguished achievement is the black hole theory. The concept of a black hole can already be found in the work of Laplace and was developed thanks to Einstein's theory and the solutions of Schwarzschild and Kerr (to which also Robinson and Trautman contributed). However, it was Sir Roger who proved the spacetime singularity theorem and formulated the cosmic censorship conjecture that imply that black hole is the final stage for a large class of gravitational collapse processes, in fact inevitable if a trapped surface has formed in space-time. Penrose also discovered, in a purely theoretical way, the process of extracting energy from a black hole at the expense of its momentum. Today's observations confirm the role that the Penrose process plays in black hole astrophysics. PoToR members continue to research various new issues in black hole theory.

Sir Roger also made outstanding contributions to other areas of the theory of gravity and other fields of science. His works on the asymptotic properties of space-time are fundamental for the theory of gravitational radiation. Penrose's theory of twistors led to the development of new branches of differential geometry and algebraic topology. Penrose's tailing found its realization in nature in the form of quasicrystals, a special form of a solid state in which atoms arrange themselves in an apparently regular, but not repeating structure. Penrose's Triangle Impossible was the inspiration for Escher's paintings.

The last time we hosted Sir Roger Penrose in Poland as a guest of the conference on the occasion of Jerzy Lewandowski's 60th birthday on September 16-20, 2019. Sir Roger gave a lecture on the theory of twistors:

Roger: Congratulations!

From the left: Tomasz Trzesniewski, Daniel Nemeth, Michal Artymowski, Roger Penrose, Jan Ostrowski, Jerzy Lewandowski

Another part of the Nobel Prize in Physics 2020 is shared by prof. Andrea Ghez (University of California, Los Angeles) and prof. Reinhard Genzel (Max Plank Instiute for Extraterrestrial Physics, Garching) "for the discovery of a supermassive compact object at the centre of our galaxy". They are leaders of two research teams, who have been monitoring the motions of stars orbiting the Galactic centre for nearly three decades. Genzel’s group used telescopes in Chile operated by the European Southern Observatory (ESO), while Ghez and her colleagues used the Keck Observatory in Hawaii. Their works have been essential for proving that the supermassive black hole resides in the center of our Galaxy, as predicted by the theory of gravity. Penrose’s discovery of the singularity theorem showed that black holes are a robust consequence of general relativity, forming naturally in very overdense regions. The central few parsecs of the Milky Way harbours a rich cluster of stars and hot gas. These have been used to trace the gravitational potential of the Galactic centre defined by the compact radio source Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*), at a distance of 25,000 light years. If the mass concentration at the very centre of the Galaxy is made of a single supermassive black hole, the velocities of stars there should be growing for progressively smaller radii, as for planets around the Sun. Such Keplerian orbits should not arise if the mass is due to a spatially distributed cluster of stellar-mass objects. Thanks to the work of Ghez and Genzel's groups, the orbits of the brightest stars closest to the middle of the Milky Way have been mapped with increasing precision. Their pioneering work has given us the most convincing evidence yet of a supermassive black hole at the centre of the Milky Way.

Prof. Andrea Ghez became 4th woman winning Nobel Prize in Physics, after Maria Curie-Skłodowska (1903), Maria Goeppert-Mayer (1963), Donna Strickland (2018).

8.10.2020: It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our colleague and friend, Profesor dr hab. Marek Szydłowski. [More/Less]

6.10.2020: Joshua N. Goldberg, a honorary member of the Society and Professor Emeritus at Syracuse University passed away on October 6, 2020. [More/Less]

Past events:

On 25th of September 2020 there was Generral Meeting of PoToR. Participants have chosen new board of society. The board now consits of: Jerzy Lewandowski (president), Jakub Mielczarek (vice-president), Agnieszka Janiuk (treasurer, finances), Patryk Mach, Marek Rogatko. Audit Committee consits of Jacek Jezierski, Jerzy Kowalski-Glikman and Tomasz Trześniewski.

Virtual Conference of the Polish Society on Relativity 2020 (online platform - Zoom, 24-26.09.2020)
Conference on the occasion of Jerzy Lewandowski's 60th birthday (Jurekfest) (Warszawa, 16-20.09.2019)
22nd International Conference on General Relativity and Gravitation 22nd GR & 13th Amaldi (Valencia, Spain, 7-12.07.2019)
The 6th Conference of the Polish Society on Relativity(Szczecin, 23-26.09.2019)

The Meeting: "Singularities of general relativity and their quantum fate" (21-25.05.2018, Banach Mathematical Center, Warszawa)
The 5th Conference of the Polish Society on Relativity (24-27.09.2018, Wojanów)
The 4th Conference of the Polish Society on Relativity (24-28.09.2017, Kazimierz Dolny)
Summer School: Between Geometry and Relativity (17-21.07.2017, Vienna, Erwin Schroedinger Institute)
Loops'17' (03-07.07.2017, Warszawa)
Gravitational waves: mathematical, computational, astrophysical and quantum approaches (10-11.12.2016, Warszawa, University of Warsaw), (conference supported by the grant 983/P-DUN/2016, MNiSW)
Foundations of the Theory of Gravitational Waves (9-11.10.2016, Stockholm, Nordita), (conference supported by the grant 983/P-DUN/2016, MNiSW)
The 3rd Conference of the Polish Society on Relativity (25-29.9.2016, Kraków)
Fourth Tux Workshop on Quantum Gravity (15-19.2.2016, Tux)
Quantum Spacetime '16 (6-12.2.2016, Zakopane)
The 2nd Conference of the Polish Society on Relativity: 100 Years of General Relativity (23-28.11.2015, Warszawa)
The Planck Scale II (7-12.09.2015, Wrocław)
ESI-EMS-IAMP Summer school on Mathematical Relativity (28.07-01.08.2014, Vienna)
1st Conference of Polish Society on Relativity (29.06-04.07.2014, Spała)
Relativity Seminar (27.02-01.03.2014, Vienna)
GR20-Amaldi 10 (07.07-13.07.2013)
School of Gravitational Waves (1.07-5.07.2013)
53th Cracow School of Theoretical Physics (28.06-7.07.2013)
49th Winter School of Theoretical Physics (10.02-16.02.2013)
3rd Central European Relativity Seminar (07.02-10.02.2013)
General Relativity and Gravitation – 50 years after Jabłonna (4-6.06.2012)

Informations about PSR:

Statute of the PSR (27.11.2011, in Polish)
Black holes merge - Press release on the foundation of PSR (16.05.2011)
Why is the theory of relativity so important? - Interview on TOK FM Radio with Jerzy Lewandowski and Michał Dziendzikowski on the occasion of the foundation of PSR (01.06.2011, in Polish)

  • Congratulations to Professor Andrzej Trautman (in Polish) (2017)
  • Prof. Andrzej Trautman has received the Foundation for Polish Science Prize 2017 for the theoretical demonstration of the reality of gravitational waves (2017)
  • Press conference and scientific panel about new discoveries in gravitational waves astronomy (2017)
  • The Nobel Prize in Physics in 2017 for decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves (Barry C. Barish, Kip S. Thorne and Rainer Weiss).
  • The website dedicated to the achievements of prof. Andrzej Mariusz Trautman (2016)
  • Finishing what Einstein started - by Marek Abramowicz (11.5.2016)
  • Towards a theory of gravitational radiation, or What is a gravitational wave? - by Paweł Nurowski (28.4.2016), (supported by the grant 983/P-DUN/2016, MNiSW)
  • How the green light was given for gravitational wave search - by Denson Hill and Pawel Nurowski arXiv:1608.08673, 2016 (supported by the grant 983/P-DUN/2016, MNiSW)
  • The theory of the gravitational waves: the origin (1.3.2016)

  • Address: ul. Pasteura 5, 02-093 Warszawa, Poland
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    NIP number: 7010330694
    KRS number: 0000401941
    E-mail: potor (at domain: fuw.edu.pl)

    Ordinary members:
    1. prof. Jan Ambjorn
    2. dr Michał Artymowski
    3. dr Adam Balcerzak
    4. prof. dr hab. Stanisław Bażański*
    5. prof. dr hab. Krzysztof Belczynski
    6. prof. dr hab. Iwo Białynicki-Birula
    7. prof. dr hab. Marek Biesiada
    8. prof. dr hab. Piotr Bizoń
    9. dr Krzysztof Bolejko
    10. prof. dr hab. Andrzej Borowiec*
    11. dr hab. Łukasz Bratek
    12. prof. dr hab. Tomasz Bulik*
    13. dr hab. Piotr Chruściel*
    14. dr Adam Chudecki
    15. dr Chunshan Lin (UW)
    16. dr Ewa Czuchry
    17. prof. dr hab. Mariusz Dąbrowski
    18. prof. dr hab. Marek Demiański
    19. dr Michał Dobrski
    20. prof. dr hab. Maciej Dunajski
    21. dr Remigiusz Durka
    22. mgr Michał Dziendzikowski*
    23. dr hab. Janusz Garecki
    24. dr Krzysztof Głód
    25. dr Andrzej Goerlich
    26. prof. dr hab. Zbigniew Haba
    27. ks. prof. dr hab. Michał Heller
    28. dr Orest Hrycyna
    29. dr hab. Agnieszka Janiuk
    30. prof. dr hab. Piotr Jaranowski*
    31. prof. dr hab. Jacek Jezierski*
    32. prof. dr hab. Jerzy Jurkiewicz*
    33. prof. Igor Kanattsikov
    34. prof. dr hab. Jerzy Kijowski*
    35. prof. dr hab. Wojciech Kopczyński*
    36. dr hab. Mikołaj Korzyński
    37. dr Ryszard Kostecki*
    38. prof. dr hab. Jerzy Kowalski-Glikman
    39. prof. dr hab. Andrzej Krasiński*
    40. prof. dr hab. Andrzej Królak*
    41. prof. dr hab. Jerzy Lewandowski*
    42. prof. dr hab. Jerzy Lukierski*
    43. dr hab. Patryk Mach
    44. prof. dr hab. Edward Malec
    45. dr Przemyslaw Malkiewicz
    46. dr hab. Jerzy Matyjasek
    47. prof. Paweł Mazur
    48. prof. dr hab. Krzysztof Meissner
    49. dr hab. Jakub Mielczarek
    50. dr Anna Nakonieczna
    51. dr Łukasz Nakonieczny
    52. mgr Daniel Nemeth
    53. dr hab. Andrzej Odrzywołek
    54. dr Andrzej Okołów
    55. dr Jan Ostrowski
    56. dr Anna Pachoł
    57. dr hab. Tomasz Pawłowski
    58. prof. dr hab. Włodzimierz Piechocki
    59. dr Michał Piróg
    60. prof. dr hab. Maciej Przanowski*
    61. dr Katarzyna Rejzner
    62. dr hab. Marek Rogatko*
    63. dr hab. Dorota Rosińska
    64. dr hab. Andrzej Rostworowski
    65. dr Boudewijn Roukema
    66. mgr Katarzyna Senger
    67. dr hab. Lech Sokołowski
    68. prof. dr hab. Andrzej Staruszkiewicz
    69. dr hab. Jakub Gizbert-Studnicki
    70. dr Adam Szereszewski*
    71. dr hab. Sebastian Szybka*
    72. dr hab. Marek Szydłowski
    73. prof. dr hab. Jacek Tafel*
    74. prof. dr hab. Andrzej Trautman*
    75. dr Tomasz Trześniewski
    76. dr Aneta Wojnar
    77. dr hab. Andrzej Woszczyna*
    78. prof. Naqing Xie

    * - founding members
    Honorary members:
    1. prof. Abhay Ashtekar
    2. prof. Yvonne Choquet-Bruhat
    3. prof. Helmut Friedrich
    4. prof. Joshua N. Goldberg
    5. prof. Ezra Ted Newman
    6. prof. Roger Penrose
    7. prof. John Stachel
    Supporting members:
    1. Center for Theoretical Physics
      of the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN)
    Members of the board of directors:
    • prof. dr hab. Jerzy Lewandowski (president)
    • dr hab. Jakub Mielczarek (vice-president)
    • dr hab. Agnieszka Janiuk (treasurer)
    • dr hab. Marek Rogatko
    • dr hab. Patryk Mach
    The audit committee:
    • prof. dr hab. Jacek Jezierski
    • prof. dr hab. Jerzy Kowalski-Glikmani
    • dr Tomasz Trześniewski

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