Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA)

Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA)

The Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA) has three main research foci; of which one is the formation, evolution, and dynamical evolution of Galaxies, including observational cosmology, another the formation of stars and planets, and the third one the development of state-of-the-art instrumentation techniques for large ground-based telescopes and space missions. MPIA has operated for many years the Calar Alto Observatory in south-east Spain.

The Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA) has three main research foci; of which one is the formation, evolution, and dynamical evolution of Galaxies, including observational cosmology, another the formation of stars and planets, and the third one the development of state-of-the-art instrumentation techniques for large ground-based telescopes and space missions. MPIA has operated for many years the Calar Alto Observatory in south-east Spain.
The primary research goals in the department of
planet and star formation, are a better understanding of the various processes involved in star and planet formation over the broadest possible range of masses and different environmental and initial conditions. The scientific approach to these problems will be focused on high-resolution techniques provided by adaptive optics-assisted observations and interferometry as well as sensitive infrared observations from the ground and space. 
Examples of the instrument development at the MPIA for space-based Infrared Observatories are the PACS camera for HERSCHEL and the MIR camera MIRI for the Next Generation Space Telescope (JWST). For ground-based observations, a number of instruments and telescopes have been developed at the MPIA, in particular for the Calar Alto Observatory, ESO VLT, or the LBT.

The primary research goals in the department of
planet and star formation, are a better understanding of the various processes involved in star and planet formation over the broadest possible range of masses and different environmental and initial conditions. The scientific approach to these problems will be focused on high-resolution techniques provided by adaptive optics-assisted observations and interferometry as well as sensitive infrared observations from the ground and space. 
Examples of the instrument development at the MPIA for space-based Infrared Observatories are the PACS camera for HERSCHEL and the MIR camera MIRI for the Next Generation Space Telescope (JWST). For ground-based observations, a number of instruments and telescopes have been developed at the MPIA, in particular for the Calar Alto Observatory, ESO VLT, or the LBT.
The main research goal in the department of galaxies and cosmology, is to empirically derive a picture of the evolution of the structural properties of galaxies, and to understand where, when and how the stars in galaxies were built up over cosmic time. These, in turn, are important tests of models of galaxy formation and evolution, guiding their development and refinement. A common thread connecting all topics considered is the requirement that one links the properties of distant galaxy populations in the early Universe with present-day galaxies, using similar data analysis and techniques. 
The MPIA theory groups aim to answer the fundamental questions in the field of planet & star formation and galaxy formation and cosmology by exploiting advanced analytical methods as well as the power of supercomputers.

The main research goal in the department of galaxies and cosmology, is to empirically derive a picture of the evolution of the structural properties of galaxies, and to understand where, when and how the stars in galaxies were built up over cosmic time. These, in turn, are important tests of models of galaxy formation and evolution, guiding their development and refinement. A common thread connecting all topics considered is the requirement that one links the properties of distant galaxy populations in the early Universe with present-day galaxies, using similar data analysis and techniques. 
The MPIA theory groups aim to answer the fundamental questions in the field of planet & star formation and galaxy formation and cosmology by exploiting advanced analytical methods as well as the power of supercomputers.
 
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