Max Planck Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Wissenschaften e.V. – Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE)

The Max Planck Society is a science organization founded in 1948 with exceptional, results-oriented basic research in the life sciences, natural sciences and the humanities. Max Planck researchers today continually advance into new dimensions of knowledge. To date, 18 of them have been awarded a Nobel Prize. That is also why the Max Planck Society and its 83 research institutes enjoy a strong reputation in Germany and abroad.
The Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics works on topics in modern astrophysics, using mainly experimental but also theoretical methods. Its name was chosen to reflect its research - the physics of space - but also because of its research methods. Many observations have to be carried out above the dense Earth atmosphere, using balloons, airplanes, rockets, satellites, and spacecraft. These are complemented by instruments in ground-based observatories whenever possible, and some experiments are conducted in the laboratories.
Data-based analysis, investigation of fundamental physical processes, and the development of new methods is most relevant to the theoretical work. Some of these methods can then also be used in other research areas and applications.
MPE - Max Planck Gesellschaft


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85741 Garching – Germany
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MPE - Max Planck Gesellschaft