Welcome to the home page of the Galaxy formation in a Dark Universe group. This research group, located at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg, is directly funded by the Max Planck Society and lead by Andrea V. Macciò.In the last few years, a standard model of cosmology has emerged, called the LCDM model. Ordinary luminous matter (baryons) makes up only a small fraction (about 4 percent) of the total mass density. The remaining part of the universe is dark and made up of two different ingredients: Dark Matter and Dark Energy. The theory of cold dark matter (CDM) provides now a successful framework for understanding structure formation in the universe. In a universe dominated by Cold Dark Matter (CDM) and a cosmological constant galaxy formation and evolution is a complex combination of hierarchical clustering, gas dissipation, merging events and secular evolution. The aim of our research is to understand how galaxies form and evolve during cosmic times and to disentangle the different physical processes that contribute to shape galaxies. Our research fields include:
- Nbody simulations of non standard Dark Energy Models.
- Galaxy - Dark Matter connection.
- SPH cosmological simulations of galaxy formation.
- Numerical Modeling of feedback processes (SN & AGN).
- Simulations of galaxy mergers and galactic dynamics.
- Gravitational Lensing.