Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy

Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy

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D-53121 Bonn - Endenich

Research Departments

Fundamental Physics in Radio Astronomy (Michael Kramer)
Radio astronomical measurements allow the study of a variety of questions in fundamental physics. Those questions range from the equation-of-state of super-dense matter to the investigation of fundamental forces such as gravity and magnetism.

Millimeter and Submillimeter Astronomy (Karl Menten)
The research team uses the millimetre- and sub-millimetre range of the electromagnetic spectrum to observe various phenomena in the universe. The cosmic background radiation is also being investigated, as well as molecular clouds in the Milky Way and other galaxies.

Radio Astronomy / VLBI (Anton Zensus)
By employing radio-interferometry, extragalactic objects and their centres are investigated in great detail. The Very Long Base Line Interferometry (VLBI) method is applied by correlating data from telescopes distributed worldwide and using them as a “giant“ combined telescope within the framework of coordinated arrays as the the European VLBI network (EVN). In addition, global VLBI experiments are conducted in cooperation with telescopes in the USA.


Research News

To the Heart of 3C 273

November 22, 2022

At the heart of nearly every galaxy lurks a supermassive black hole. But not all supermassive black holes are alike: there are many types. Quasars (or quasi-stellar objects) are one of the brightest and most active types of galaxies that host ...

Studying the interplay between massive star formation and the interstellar medium is important to understand the evolution of galaxies. An international research team led by Fatemeh Tabatabaei including several scientists from the Max Planck ...


Astrophysicists have analyzed publicly available data from the IceCube neutrino observatory in Antarctica. It turned out that a significant component of high-energy neutrino flux is of galactic origin, that is, it was born in the Milky Way. One of ...

The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded Dr. Vivek Venkatraman Krishnan, scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn, Germany, a Starting Grant of about 2.5 million Euros as part of the Horizon Europe funding programme ...

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