Particle physics and cosmology

The main focus of the research is to understand the fundamental structure of elementary particle physics and gravity and to establish connections with observations performed at various scales, such as in collider or table-top lab experiments as well as in cosmological and astrophysical observations.

This includes:

  • understanding the quantum substructure of black holes and of cosmological space-times,
  • ultraviolet completion of the Standard Model and gravity,
  • building models beyond the Standard Model for addressing long-standing puzzles such as the hierarchy problem, origin of quark and lepton families, strong CP problem, origin of dark matter and dark energy, and microscopic origin of inflation.

Group "Particle physics and cosmology"

Aliens could use artificially created black holes as quantum computers (Image: Eduard Muzhevskyi/iStock)

Extraterrestrial Intelligence: quantum computing with black holes

Black holes as quantum computers? Sounds like science fiction, but it is a realistic scenario. No other system stores quantum information as efficiently as black holes. It is therefore conceivable that intelligent extraterrestrial civilizations could…

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Medien berichten über MPP-Doktoranden beim Treffen der Nobelpreisträger in Lindau

Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

Drei MPP-Doktoranden - Lena Funcke, Maximilian Totzauer und Sebastian Zell - haben am diesjährigen Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting teilgenommen. Welche Eindrücke und Erkenntnisse sie vom Treffen und ihren Gesprächen mit den Physik-Nobelpreisträgern mit…

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Looking into the future of theoretical particle physics

Symposium May 18-20, 2016

Where do the most important topics and trends in theoretical physics lie? This is the question to be pursued by internationally renowned experts at the symposium “New Developments in Theoretical Particle Physics.” The event takes place from May 18 to…

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Three MPP doctoral candidates selected for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

Learning from Nobel Prize winners

Lena Funcke, Maximilian Totzauer and Sebastian Zell of the Max Planck Institute for Physics (MPP) have been granted a special honor: Together with around 400 other young scientists from 80 countries, the two doctoral candidates will take part in the…

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Bachmaier, Maximilian PhD Student maxi 320 A.3.17
Berezhiani, Lasha, Dr. Senior Scientist lashaber 581 A.3.21
Contri, Giacomo PhD Student contri 320 A.3.17
Dvali, Gia, Prof. Dr. Director gdvali 306 A.3.41
Ettengruber, Manuel Meinrad PhD Student manuel 466 A.3.19
Fernandes Alexandre, Ana PhD Student alexand 464 A.3.12
Jankowsky, Anna PhD Student annasky LMU A.3.19
Komisel, Lucy lkomisel 320 A.3.15
Kühnel, Florian, Dr. Postdoc fkuehnel 314 A.3.14
Stuhlfauth, Anja PhD Student anjast 320 A.3.12
Weber, Vera Secretary vweber 334 A.3.47