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Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie, Bonn

The Max-Planck-Institute for Radioastronomy in Bonn (MPIfR) is the leading research institute in Germany in the areas of radio-, millimeter-/submillimeter- and infared astronomy. Theoretical astrophysics is another field of work.

Main research areas:
  • Physics of stars, galaxies and the universe
  • star formation
  • young stellar objects
  • late-type stars
  • pulsars
  • interstellar medium of the Milky Way and external galaxies
  • the galactic center  and its vicinity
  • magnetic fields in the universe
  • radiogalaxies
  • quasars and other active galaxies
  • dust and gas at cosmological distances
  • galaxies in the early stages of our universe
  • cosmic rays and high energy particle physics
  • theory of stellar evolution and active galactic nuclei
Major projects:
  • the german-US flying obervatory SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy).
  • the Atacama Pathfinder Experiment (APEX). Construction of a submillimeter telescope in the Atacama desert in Chile.
  • the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA).
  • the Far-Infrared and Submillimetre Telescope Satellitenobservatorium (HERSCHEL, formerly FIRST).
  • the upgrade of the 100-m radiotelescope in Effelsberg.
  • conceptional work on a radiotelescope with a collection surface of one square kilometer (Square Kilometer Array; SKA).
  • the Very Large Telescope Interferometer (VLTI) in Chile.
  • the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) in Arizona.
  • the advancement of very long baseline interferometry (VLBI) up to the millimeter regime. Increasing the angular resolution by including space telescopes.
Applications for the  Grid Community Project:
  • Processing of large data volumes collected by very long baseline interferometry (VLBI), by new generation radio telescopes like LOFAR and by the SKA (1 to many Gbit per second).
  • Development of lossfree transmission protocols.
  • Realtime operation of the VLBI network.