Since it was founded in 1963, the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics engages in topics of modern astrophysics. Research areas at MPE range from the physics and chemistry of stars and interstellar matter, exotic objects such as neutron stars and black holes, to nearby and far away galaxies. These are pursued mainly using experimental and observational methods that span almost the complete electromagnetic spectrum. Scientific work is carried out in four major groups, each supervised by a director. The in-house workshops develop and build detectors, spectrometers, and cameras as well as telescopes and the complete payload for satellites.
Fields of Activities of the research groups at MPE: • Infrared and submillimetre/millimetre astronomy • Optical and interpretative astronomy • High-energy astrophysics • Center for Astrochemical Studies
Special Equipment Special facilities: in-house workshops for engineering and electronis, test laboratory and clean room, „PANTER“ X-ray test facility
Director Prof. Dr. Paola Caselli
Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik Giessenbachstrasse 85748 Garching