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.

News releases


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 use them for their information processing. These…

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The search for neutrinoless double-beta decay continues with new LEGEND experiment

Final results and completion of the GERDA experiment

The GERDA experiment designed to prove the existence of neutrinoless double beta decay is coming to an end. The research collaboration has now evaluated the full data set produced by the experiment and published it in Physical Review Letters. Even though no signal was found, all goals set for the…

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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 nach Hause nehmen, ist in verschiedenen…

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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 20, 2016, at the Max Planck Institute for…

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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 Nobel Laureate Meeting in Lindau from June 26 to…

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Group members

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Bachmaier, Maximilian PhD Student maxi 320 340
Berezhiani, Lasha, Dr. Senior Scientist lashaber 581 302
Chizzali, Emma PhD Student echizzal 320 340
Cintia, Giordano PhD Student cintia 466 348
Contri, Giacomo PhD Student contri 320 340
Dvali, Georgi, Prof. Dr. Director gdvali 306 311
Ettengruber, Manuel Meinrad PhD Student manuel 466 348
Fernandes Alexandre, Ana PhD Student alexand 464 248
Jankowsky, Anna PhD Student annasky LMU LMU
Kaikov, Oleg PhD Student kaikov LMU LMU
Koutsangelas, Emmanouil PhD Student emi 320 340
Kudrin, Vera Secretary vkudrin 334 308
Kühnel, Florian, Dr. Postdoc fkuehnel 314 347
Stuhlfauth, Anja PhD Student anjast 320 340