Major surveys with MPIA involvement

Joint endeavours


Pan-STARRS 1 pages at MPIA

MPIA Co-PIs: Thomas Henning, Hans-Walter Rix

Planet and Star Formation Department

SEEDS - Strategic Explorations of Exoplanets and Disks with Subaru

The observational data for this survey obtained using the HiCIAO high-contrast imaging instrument and the IRCS infrared camera at the Subaru telescope on Mauna Kea, Hawai'i, operated by the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ). The SEEDS survey is led by principal investigator Dr. Motohide Tamura (NAOJ).

MPIA Co-PI: Thomas Henning

LEECH - The LBTI Exozodi Exoplanet Common Hunt

LEECH is a ~100 night exoplanet imaging survey that uses the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) and the Large Binocular Telescope Interferometer (LBTI) to search for exoplanets around nearby stars. LEECH uses mid-infrared light, where cool, low-mass planets emit most of their light, and adaptive optics performance is superb.

LEECH web pages


HAT-South is a collaboration among the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, the Princeton University, the Australian National University, and the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile. It consists of a network of six identical, fully automated wide field telescopes, located at three sites in the Southern hemisphere.

HAT South pages


THOR (The HI/OH/Recombination line survey of the Milky Way) is a large program at the VLA to study cloud formation, HI to H2 conversion and feedback processes. This survey of the northern part of the Milky Way (90 square degrees), at a spatial resolution of 15''-20'', observes the atomic, molecular and ionized gas in tracers of HI, OH, radio recombination lines and the cm continuum emission.

PI: Henrik Beuther

THOR project page


The large PdBI program CORE addresses the "Fragmentation and disk formation during high-mass star formation''. For the first time, a northern hemisphere sample will be studied at the highest spatial resolution (0.2-0.3'') in (sub)mm continuum and line emission to investigate the fragmentation processes, disk formation, infall and accretion rates as well as the chemical evolution during the (high-mass) star formation processes.

PI: Henrik Beuther

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