Main work areas are radio- and infrared Astronomy. Technological efforts in the institute cover then whole spectrum from radio-, over (sub)millimeter-, to infrared wavelengths. There is also an effort in theoretical astrophysics.
Exploration of the physics of stars, galaxies, and the universe as a whole in the institute concentrates particular on star formation, young stellar objects, stars in the late stages of their evolution, pulsars, the interstellar medium of our Milky Way and external galaxies, the Galactic Center and its environment, magnetic fields in the universe, radio galaxies, quasars and other active galaxies, dust and gas at cosmological distances, galaxies in the early epochs of the universe, cosmic rays, astroparticle physics as well as the theory of star formation and active galactic nuclei.
The institute is heavily involved in a number of big international projects:
History of the Institute
Founded in 1966, construction of the 100-meter radio telescope in Bad Münstereifel-Effelsberg, operations starting 1972, institute building finished 1973. Institute extensions completed in 1983 and 2002. Jointly with Steward Observatory, University of Arizona development and operation of the 10-meter submillimeter telescope (Heinrich-Hertz-Telescope). In 2001 start of the APEX project.
International Collaborations (selection)
Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie
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