Topics covered in this research area

Subjects in this research area aim at understanding the dark contents of the Universe (Dark Matter and Dark Energy) with the goal of understanding its expansion history since the Big Bang.

  • Type Ia supernovae as probes of Dark Energy
  • Type II supernovae as extragalactic distance indicators (Hubble constant)
  • X-ray clusters and the Sunyaev-Zel'dovich effect
  • Weak lensing and the large-scale distribution of Dark Matter
  • Cosmology with the European Extremeley Large Telescope (E-ELT)

Thesis topics offered on Cosmology and the Early Universe

Scientific Staff in Garching working on Cosmology and the Early Universe

Dobrzycki, Adam

  • Quasar surveys
  • X-ray surveys
  • Quasar absorption lines
  • Computational astronomy

Freudling, Wolfram

  • Observational cosmology
  • High-redshift galaxies and quasars
  • Active Galactic Nuclei (AGNs)
  • Large Scale Structure and peculiar motion of galaxies

Humphreys, Liz

  • Central Parsecs of AGN
  • High-Mass Star Formation
  • Evolved Star Mass Loss
  • Millimetre and Submillimetre Astronomy

Leibundgut, Bruno

  • Supernovae
  • QSO absorbers
  • Cosmology


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Møller, Palle

  • Damped Lyman-alpha Absorbers at high redshift
  • Dust at high redshift
  • Galaxy Formation and Evolution
  • Formation of Large Scale Structure
  • Absorption and emission scaling relations of DLA galaxies and GRB hosts
  • Redshift Evolution of galaxy scaling relations

Spyromilio, Jason

  • Supvernovae, their use as distance indicators
  • IR spectroscopy
  • High resolution spectroscopy


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van Kampen, Eelco

  • The formation and evolution of galaxies
  • High-redshift galaxies and galaxy clusters
  • Cosmological simulations
  • Gravitational lensing


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Man, Allison (Wing Shan)

  • The quenching of star formation in massive galaxies
  • Quiescent galaxies at high-redshift: formation & evolution; stellar populations & ISM; structures & dynamics
  • Galaxy mergers: observations & simulations
  • Strong gravitational lensing


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Neeser, Mark

  • High-redshift radio galaxies (optical/IR line-emission), AGN's
  • Galaxy structure: edge-on galaxies, thin and thick disks
  • Optical and infrared instrumentation

Cikota, Aleksandar

Cikota, Aleksandar
  • Type Ia Supernovae 
  • Spectropolarimetry with VLT/FORS
  • Superluminous Supernovae and their host galaxies
  • Interstellar medium 
  • Small Solar System Bodies

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Stroe, Andra

  • Galaxy evolution in clusters and the field
  • Shock waves and turbulence in galaxy clusters
  • Diffuse radio emission in galaxy clusters



Arrigoni-Battaia, Fabrizio

Arrigoni-Battaia, Fabrizio
  • Galaxy formation and evolution
  • Circum-galactic medium of quasars
  • Detection of large-scale structure in emission
  • Lyman Alpha Blobs (LABs)

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Mroczkowski, Tony

Andreani, Paola
  • Millimeter/ Submillimeter Instrumentation
  • Formation and Evolution of Galaxy Clusters
  • Sunyaev-Zel´dovich (SZ) Effect and X-ray Observations of Galaxy Clusters
  • Cosmic Microwave Background

Cirasuolo, Michele

Cirasuolo, Michele
  • Galaxy formation and evolution
  • High-redshift galaxies
  • Multi-wavelength properties of distant galaxies
  • 3D spectroscopy

Milakovic, Dinko

  • cosmology
  • quasar spectroscopy
  • varying constants

Chen, Chian Chou (T.C.)

Chen, Chian Chou

  • Galaxy formation and evolution
  • Submillimeter galaxies
  • Multi-wavelength extragalactic surveys
  • Large-scale structures
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    Lelli, Federico

    Lelli, Federico
    • Dark Matter in Galaxies
    • Galaxy Scaling Relations
    • Gas and Star Formation
    • Low-mass Galaxies


    Taubenberger, Stefan

    Taubenberger, Stefan
    • Spectroscopy and spectropolarimetry of Supernovae
    • Progenitors and explosion models of Type Ia Supernovae
    • Supernovae as distance indicators

    Joseph, David

    Joseph, David
    • Supernovae

    Kissler-Patig, Markus

    Patig, Markus
    • The formation and evolution of galaxies
    • Star clusters and associated black holes
    • Astrobiology, exo-planets and life beyond the Solar System
    • Instrumentation (VIMOS, SINFONI, HAWK-I, KMOS)

    Barcons, Xavier

    Barcons, Xavier
    • Active Galactic Nuclei: structure, populations
    • Galaxy - supermassive black hole coevolution

    Andreani, Paola

    Andreani, Paola
    • Observational cosmology
    • Formation and evolution of galaxies and QSOs
    • Far infrared and submillimetric extragalactic backgrounds

    Anderson, Richard

    Anderson, Richard
    • Stellar astrophysics: variability, multiplicity, evolution
    • Cosmology: distance scale

    Mancino, Sara

    Mancino, Sara
    • Cepheids
    • Distance measurements
    • Chemical abundances

    Hayatsu H., Natsuki

    Hashiba Hayatsu, Natsuki
    •   Cosmic star formation history
    •   Blind search for far-infrared line emitters in early universe
    •   Cosmological simulation to interpret/predict observational results

    van der Burg, Remco

    van der Burg, Remco
    • Galaxy Clusters
    • Galaxy Evolution
    • Structure Formation
    • Large Optical and (Near-)Infrared Surveys

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    Agnello, Adriano

    Agnello, Adriano
    • Galaxy formation and evolution
    • Gravitational lensing, stellar dynamics
    • Object classification and rare-object searches
    • Quasars and their host galaxies

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