Prof. Dr. Gernot Neugebauer

Scientific Interests

  • Gravitational theory (boundary value problems and inverse scattering methods, exact solutions)
  • Thermodynamics (dissipative structures, relativistic thermodynamics)
  • Soliton theory

Curriculum Vitae

  • 1958 - 1966  Studies and research studies in Physics, University of Jena, Germany
  • 1963  Diploma in Physics
  • 1966 PhD in Physics
  • 1970 Habilitation in Physics, University of Jena, Germany


  • 1966 - 1989 Assistent (Lecturer), University of Jena, Germany
  • 1989 Extraordinary Professor, University of Jena, Germany
  • 1992 - 1996 Max-Planck-Society, Leader of the research unit "Gravitationstheorie"
  • 1992 Professor, Chair for Gravitational Theory, University of Jena, Germany

Prizes, Awards and Memberships

  • 1980 Second Award Gravity Research Foundation, USA (together with Dietrich Kramer, University of Jena, Germany)
  • 1984 Gustav-Hertz-Prize (Physikalische Gesellschaft)
  • 1997 - ... Member of the International Committee on General Relativity and Gravitation
  • 1998 Fellow of the Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher

Publications and Teaching

Selected Papers:

  • Eine Methode zur Konstruktion stationärer Einstein-Maxwell-Felder, G. Neugebauer and D. Kramer, Ann. d. Phys. 24, 62 (1969)
  • Entropy and Gravitation, G. Neugebauer, Internat. J. Theor. Phys. 16, 241 (1977)
  • Bäcklund tramsformations of the axially symmetric stationary gravitational fields, G. Neugebauer, J. Phys. A 12, 167 (1979)
  • A general integral of the axially symmetric stationary Einstein equations, G. Neugebauer, J. Phys. A 13, L 19 (1980)
  • The superposition of two Kerr solutions, D. Kramer and G. Neugebauer, Phys. Lett. 75A, 259 (1980), Printed by the Physical Society of Japan in "Series of selected Papers in Physics" (1981)
  • Einstein-Maxwell solitons, G. Neugebauer and D. Kramer, J. Phys. A 66, 1927 (1983)
  • Einstein-Maxwell fields inside and outside rotating sources as minimal surfaces, G. Neugebauer and E. Herlt, Class. Quant. Grav. 1, 695 (1984)
  • Thermodynamics of rotating bodies, G. Neugebauer, in "Relativity Today" (Ed. Z. Perjés) World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd. Singapore (1988)
  • Gravitational fields of rapidly rotating neutron stars: Theoretical foundation, G. Neugebauer and H. Herold, Gravitational fields of rapidly rotating neutron stars: Numerical Results, H. Herold and G. Neugebauer, Lecture Notes in Physics 410, 305-340 (1992) (Eds. J. Ehlers and G. Schäfer)
  • The Einsteinian gravitational field of the rigidly rotating disk of dust, G. Neugebauer and R. Meinel, Astrophys. J. 414, L97 (1993)
  • General relativistic gravitational field of a rigidly rotating disk of dust:
    - Axis potential, disk metric, and surface mass density, G. Neugebauer and R. Meinel, Phys. Rev. Lett. 73, 2166 (1994),
    - Solution in terms of ultraelliptic functions, G. Neugebauer and R. Meinel, Phys. Rev. Lett. 75, 3046 (1995)
  • Relativistically rotating dust, G. Neugebauer, A. Kleinwächter and R. Meinel, Helv. Phys. Acta 69, 472 (1996) gr-qc/0301107External link  (A review of the physical and mathematical properties of the disk of dust solution)
  • Solution of Einstein's field equations related to Jacobi's inversion problem, R. Meinel and G. Neugebauer, Phys. Letters A 210, 160 (1996)
  • Rotating bodies as boundary value problems, G. Neugebauer, Ann. d. Phys. 9, No. 3-5, 331 (2000)
  • Progress in relativistic gravitational theory using the inverse scattering method, G. Neugebauer and R. Meinel, J. Math. Phys. 44, 3407 (2003) gr-qc/0304086External link
  • Collisions of Rigidly Rotating Disks of Dust in General Relativity, J. Hennig and G. Neugebauer, Phys. Rev. D 74, 064025 (2006) gr-qc/0606031External link
  • Thermodynamic Description of Inelastic Collisions in General Relativity, J. Hennig, G. Neugebauer and M. Ansorg, in preparation


Gernot Neugebauer, Univ.-Prof. Dr
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  • Grundlagen der Thermodynamik, G. Kluge and G. Neugebauer, Textbook, Deutscher Verlag der Wissenschaften, Berlin 1976
  • Relativistische Thermodynamik, G. Neugebauer, WTB, Akademie-Verlag, Berlin 1980
  • Solitonen - Nichtlineare Strukturen, R. Meinel, G. Neugebauer and H. Steudel, Akademie-Verlag, Berlin 1991
  • Grundlagen der Thermodynamik (extended edition), G. Kluge and G. Neugebauer, Spektrum Akademischer Verlag, Heidelberg - Berlin - Oxford 1994