Areas of Research

MPA Research

Active areas of current research include the structure and evolution of stars, accretion phenomena, nuclear and particle astrophysics, supernova physics, astrophysical fluid dynamics, high-energy astrophysics, radiative processes, the structure, formation and evolution of galaxies, gravitational lensing, the large-scale structure of the Universe, and physical and early universe cosmology.

While most MPA research addresses theoretical issues, there is also considerable involvement in related interpretational and observational programmes, and the neighbouring institutes provide complementary expertise and there are many collaborative projects with them. Major research programmes at MPE are concerned with instrumental and observational aspects of infrared, X-ray and gamma-ray astronomy, together with supporting theoretical work, while ESO carries out a broad range of instrumental and observational projects in optical, infrared and millimetre astronomy.

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