Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics
The name suggests a very broad field: The Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics. And indeed, the researchers in Garching do study all sorts of objects outside the Earth – but they do set priorities. They investigate our Milky Way, and discovered a few years ago that its centre harbours a gigantic black hole - for this discovery director Reinhard Genzel received the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics. They investigate the physics and dynamics of the interstellar matter, the development of galaxies as well as the black holes at their centres, and they engage in "astrochemical studies". What’s special: the scientists use the full range of the electromagnetic spectrum, working both with telescopes for visible and infrared light and with satellites that observe the Universe in X-rays or gamma-rays. The Institute develops sophisticated instruments and cameras for these observatories to provide new insights into the “extraterrestrial world”.
Phone: +49 89 30000-0
Fax: +49 89 30000-3569
This institute has an International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS):IMPRS on Astrophysics
In addition, there is the possibility of individual doctoral research. Please contact the directors or research group leaders at the Institute.