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Origin and Structure of the Universe (Speaker University: TUM)

Since 2006, the Universe Cluster has been conducting research on the physical links between the microcosm and the macrocosm in a globally unique research partnership. The Excellence Cluster, which is hosted by the Technical University of Munich and in which LMU Munich also plays an important role, brings together around 250 astrophysicists, nuclear and particle physicists with backgrounds in both theory and experiment. The scientists work in seven research areas, deciphering the innermost structure of matter, space and time, probing the nature of the fundamental forces, and exploring the development, geometry and composition of the Universe. Work on the key aspects is conducted as part of international cooperation arrangements at the world’s largest research institutions, including CERN and ESO's Very Large Telescope in Chile. These efforts have resulted in an abundance of new findings bearing on standardizing the four forces, on Higgs particles, physics beyond the standard model of particle physics, the nature of dark matter and dark energy, as well as the formation of the chemical elements, stars and galaxies.

As a follow-up project to the Universe Cluster, the ORIGINS Excellence Cluster receives funding since 01.01.2019 within the Excellence Strategy. The successful proposal was put forward jointly by LMU and the Technical University of Munich (TUM).


Cooperation partners:
Technical University of Munich (Speaker University), Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Max Planck Institutes for Physics, Astrophysics, Plasma Physics and Extraterrestrial Physics, European Southern Observatory, Leibniz-Rechenzentrum

Funded: 1 Nov 2006 through 31 Oct 2018 (Origin and Structure of the Universe)

Vice-Coordinator of the Cluster:
Prof. Dr. Andreas Burkert
Chair of Computational Astrophysics
Department of Physics, LMU Munich
Scheinerstr. 1
D-81679 Munich
Phone: +49 89 2180 5992