Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics (MPIK)
The Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics takes part in IMPRS-HD with the department working on Non-Thermal Astrophysics. Research in the division covers the two main areas (i) high-energy astrophysics exploring the sources and acceleration processes of high-energy particles in the Universe, and (ii) particle physics probing the Standard Model.
High energy astrophysics employs atmospheric Cherenkov telescopes or dense particle detector arrays to measure gamma rays emitted by high-energy particles in our Galaxy and beyond. The division has contributed major parts of the hardware of the H.E.S.S. Cherenkov telescopes and the HAWC high-energy extension, and plays a significant role in preparing the next generation Cherenkov Telescope Array CTA. Associated research groups cover theory and phenomenology of high energy astrophysics, theoretical astrophysics and infrared astrophysics.