The Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE) works on topics in modern astrophysics and space plasma research, using mainly experimental but also theoretical methods.
Its name was chosen to reflect its research - the physics of space - but also because of its reseach methods. Many observations have to be carried out above the dense Earth atmosphere, using balloons, airplanes, rockets, satellites and space craft. These are complemented by instruments on ground-based observatories whenever possible and some experiments are conducted in the laboratories.
Data-based analysis, investigation of fundamental physical processes, and the development of new methods is most relevant to the theoretical work. Some of these methods can then also be used in other research areas and applications.
last update 2012-02-20 by H. Steinle