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. They study the physics and dynamics of the interstellar matter and the development of galaxies; they observe gamma bursts in the distant Universe and refine the theory of complex plasmas. 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
PhD opportunitiesThis institute has an International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS):
IMPRS for Astrophysics
In addition, there is the possibility of individual doctoral research. Please contact the directors or research group leaders at the Institute.