Besides the four main MPE research departments there exist several research groups at the MPE that are
either independent or connected to the main research departments.
Theoretical Modeling of Cosmic Structures (TMoX)
Max Planck Research Group (description available in German only)
This group has been established in October 2008 and since then has been focusing on the
theoretical modelling aspects of structure in the evolving Universe.
Topics covered are the formation and evolution of elliptical galaxies and super-massive black holes,
the formation of disk galaxies, the formation of dark matter halos, signatures of dark energy,
star formation, metal enrichment, the evolution of the galaxy population from high to low redshift,
and the first galaxies.
TMoX web pages
Physics of Active Galactic Nuclei
Group of a
Max Planck Fellow (description available in German only)
The group was founded in 2006 on award of a MPG-Fellowship to Prof. Dr. Andreas Burkert
(Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München). It is a collaboration between the LMU and the MPE. The group
consists currently of five members. Primary research focus are investigations on the physics of the
centres of galaxies. Computer simulations, including gas dynamics and radiative transfer are carried
out with grid and particle based codes. We complement observational projects at MPE and collaborate
closely with the computational astrophysics group at the university observatory.
web pages of the group
Star and planet formation
External scientific member group
This group has been established in January 2008 and focuses on the formation of stars and planets in nearby
molecular clouds and their astrochemistry. Infrared and submillimeter ground and space-based telescopes are
used combined with theoretical modeling.
Detailed description can be found
(scroll down to Studies of star formation and the (dense) interstellar medium)
Space Plasma Physics of Near-Earth Environment
Research topics are Auroral plasma physics, physics of the magnetosphere, solar physics,
solar wind, heliosphere, comets, development of new particle and field detectors, planetary and small
bodies of the solar system.
web pages of the "Space Plasma Physics of Near-Earth Environment" group