Thesis research and advisors

MPIA welcomes students interested in doing thesis research for M.Sc. or Diplom degrees and PhDs. Thesis work may comprise the development of forefront astronomical instrumentation for ground-based and satellite telescopes, the analysis of astronomical observations, theoretical computer simulations, or a combination of both.

MPIA has two research departments. The Planet and Star Formation Department is led by Prof. Thomas Henning and concentrates on the early phases of star formation, brown dwarfs and extrasolar planets, clustered star formation, the interstellar medium, and laboratory astrophysics.

The Galaxies and Cosmology department is led by Prof. Hans-Walter Rix and concentrates on the structure and dynamics of galaxies, the physics of active galaxies, galaxy evolution, large surveys, gravitational lenses, and cosmology. Instrumentation projects include optical and infrared instruments, adaptive optics, and interferometry.

You can find more information at various locations on our website:

In-depth description of various ongoing projects can be found in MPIA's Annual Reports.

For a general overview, please refer to the research pagea of the two branches and to MPIA's Annual Reports. A summary of the research currently carried out by students at MPIA can be found at this website, which is maintained by the students themselves.

These resources will give you a good idea of possible research topics at MPIA, as well as possible advisors among MPIA faculty.

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