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

An international team of scientists with participation of the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy has used new millimetre-wavelength observations to image for the first time the link between the ring-like structure that reveals the matter ...

On March 28, the German Federal Research Minister Bettina Stark-Watzinger visited the Square Kilometre Array Observatory (SKAO) supertelescope under construction in South Africa together with Dr. Lindsay Magnus, Director of SKA-Mid in South Africa ...


The first radiation belt observed outside our solar system has been identified, using a coordinated array of 39 radio dishes from Hawaii to Germany including MPIfR’s 100-m Effelsberg radio telescope within the High-Sensitivity Array (HSA) to obtain ...

The Effelsberg Radio Observatory, home of the giant 100-m Radio Telescope of the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy (MPIfR), will celebrate its next Open Day on Saturday, September 09, 2023, between 10 am and 5 pm. The Open Day provides an ...

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