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Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics

The Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE) is the largest German research institute for ground- and space-based astrophysical research.

Main activities:
  • Development and construction of instruments and satellites
  • Execution of observation programs
  • Analysis, interpretation, and theoretical explanation of observations at infrared, optical, x-ray, and gamma-ray wavelengths.
  • Scientific analyses of the extensive data from these ground-based and satellite programs (e.g. ROSAT)
  • Software development for users (guest observers)
  • Space flight missions: XMM-Newton (ESA), INTEGRAL (ESA), HERSCHEL (ESA), and Dark Universe Observatory (NASA)
  • Sky survey OmegaCAM for the ESO-VST with a data rate of several terabyte/day.
  • Co-initiator of the German Astrophysical Virtual Observatory GAVO
GRID Applications:
  • Combining very disparate data sets
In the framework of the GACG-Project the MPE will
  • coordinate the publication of astronomical archives as well as software for the distribution and analysis of data
  • take advantage of the physical proximity to several consortion partners, among others the Computing Center Garching (RZG)
  • develop analysis programs for various data sets
  • carry out a comparison between large numerical simulations and observations
  • convert numerical simulations into simulated observations
  • make available observational data sets that have been processed in the same way as the simulations (above all for x-ray observations)