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Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, Heidelberg

The Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg (MPIA), hosting 100 scientists and technicians as well as 50 postdocs and guest scientists, is one of the major astronomical facilities in Germany.

Science is focussed on:
  • Planet and Star Formation:
    • Infrared space astronomy
    • Star formation
    • Brown dwarfs/Exoplanets
    • Theory of planet and star formation
    • Laboratory astrophysics
    • Center Frontiers of Interferometry in Germany (FrInGe)
  • Galaxies and Cosmology:
    • Local group studies
    • Active galactic nuclei and galaxy dynamics
    • Galaxy evolution and the high redshift universe
    • Simulating and modelling
    • Galaxy surveys
  • Instrumentation projects:
    • Large Binocular Telescope (LBT)
    • ESO Very Large Telescope (VLT)
    • Calar-Alto-Observatory
    • ESO/MPG 2.2-m-Telescope (La Silla)
Astrophysical applications for the German Astronomy Community Grid:
  • Large-scale 3D magneto-hydrodynamical simulations with the massive parallel programs ZEUS-MP, TraMP, PENCIL, ENZO, GADGET
  • 3D Radiative transfer calculations to construct model images, especially interferometrical images for FrInGe