High Energy Astrophysics
The High Energy Astrophysics Group at the MPA deals with a broad range of astrophysical problems with a particular focus on the interaction of matter with radiation under extreme physical conditions.
The astrophysical objects of interest include the Universe as a whole (Physical Cosmology), clusters of galaxies, supermassive black holes active galactic nuclei, and accreting black holes and neutron stars in Galactic binaries. The group specializes on the theory and observational appearance of accretion onto compact objects, astrophysical plasmas in the interstellar and intercluster medium, and comptonization.
Our group members actively participate in the analysis and interpretation of observational data from the currently operating INTEGRAL, XMM-Newton, Chandra and RXTE spacecrafts, while maintaining strong ties with experimental groups at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE), the Space Research Institute in Moscow (IKI), and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA).