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Theoretical astroparticle physics

Elementary particle physics relates in many diverse ways to fundamental questions of the universe. What makes up the "dark matter" that determines the dynamics of galaxies and cosmic structures? What explanation can account for the "dark energy" that is causing the expansion of the universe to accelerate? Why is there normal matter in the universe, but hardly any antimatter? What role do neutrinos play in cosmology and astrophysics? Where are the astrophysical accelerators that are responsible for high-energy cosmic rays?

The theoretical astroparticle group is engaged with some of these fundamental questions. One central topic is exploring what influence neutrinos have on supernova explosions, and what can be learned from that about the properties of neutrinos. A special area of focus is investigating the role of novel particles that interact even more weakly than neutrinos, as candidates for dark matter. Examples are the so-called axions or sterile neutrinos. Furthermore, the group ties together findings from astrophysical and cosmological observations with the results of ground-based experiments, to maximize our knowledge of particle physics.

Further information on the "Theoretical Astroparticle Physics" group

News releases

04/20/2016

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 20, 2016, at the Max Planck Institute for...

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04/06/2016

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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Raffelt, Georg, Dr.

Scientist 234

wwwth.mpp.mpg.de/members/raffelt/

Saikawa, Kenichi, Dr.

Scientist 517

Steffen, Frank D., Dr.

Scientist 335

Stirner, Tobias

PhD Student 318

Vitagliano, Edoardo

PhD Student 318

External members

  • Alexandra Dobrynina (University Yaroslavl, Russia)
  • Javier Redondo (University of Zaragoza, Spain)
  • Irene Tamborra (Niels Bohr Institute, Copenhagen, Denmark)

Events and meetings

Currently, there are no events or meetings.

Key Publications

Fast Pairwise Conversion of Supernova Neutrinos: A Dispersion-Relation Approach
I. Izaguirre, G. Raffelt, I. Tamborra
Phys.Rev.Lett. 118 (2017) 021101
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.118.021101

Dielectric haloscopes: A new way to detect axion dark matter
A. Caldwell, G. Dvali, B. Majorovits, A. Millar, G. Raffelt,
J. Redondo, O. Reimann, F. Simon, F. Steffen
(MADMAX Working Group).
Phys.Rev.Lett. 118 (2017) 091801
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.118.091801

Primordial gravitational waves, precisely: The role of thermodynamics in the Standard Model
K. Saikawa, S. Shirai
JCAP 1805 (2018) 035
DOI: 10.1088/1475-7516/2018/05/035