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New Collaborative Research Centre at the Physics Department

CRC “Neutrinos and Dark Matter in Astro- and Particle Physics”

2016-11-21 – News from the Physics Department

Neutrinos and dark matter are at the research topics of a new Collaborative Research Center (CRC) of the German science foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG). Elisa Resconi, professor for experimental physics of cosmic particles at the Physik-Department, is speaker of the new CRC.

CRC "Neutrinos and Dark Matter in Astro- and Particle Physics"

The focus of the new collaborative research centre 1258 “Neutrinos and Dark Matter in Astro- and Particle Physics (NDM)” is research on neutrinos and of dark matter. Apart from photons, neutrinos are the most abundant particles of the universe. But how do these neutral particles contribute to cosmic dynamics at galactic or even larger distances?

It is also an open question, whether neutrinos are identical to their own anti-particles or whether they have so-called ‘sterile’ partners. The answer to this question could explain, why the universe contains much more matter than anti-matter.

Prof. Elisa Resconi
Prof. Elisa Resconi is the speaker of the new CRC, that will start operation at the beginning of 2017. – Photo: Magdalena Jooß / TUM

The new CRC will be intimately related to the excellence cluster “Origin and Structure of the Universe”, that is also hosted by TUM. Elisa Resconi furthermore plays a significant role at the international IceCube Neutrino Observatory, that studies cosmic neutrinos interacting with the ice sheet at the south pole.

TUM’s physicists are joined in their research efforts by members of the Max Planck institutes for physics, astrophysics and extraterrestrial physics, the European Southern Observatory (ESO) and the Institute of High Energy Physics (HEPHY) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Andreas Battenberg, Dr. Johannes Wiedersich
The members of the CRC “Neutrinos and Dark Matter in Astro- and Particle Physics”. – Photo: Wenzel Schürmann / TUM

Members of the CRC

  • Dr. Matteo Agostini, TUM
  • Prof. Dr. Martin Beneke, TUM
  • Prof. Dr. Shawn Bishop, TUM
  • Prof. Dr. Allen Caldwell, MPP
  • Prof. Dr. Laura Fabbietti, TUM
  • Dr. Rikkert Frederix, TUM
  • Prof. Dr. Björn Garbrecht, TUM
  • Priv. Doz. Dr. habil. Jochen Greiner, MPE
  • Prof. Dr. Alejandro Ibarra, TUM
  • Priv. Doz. Dr. habil. Thomas Janka, MPA
  • Priv. Doz. Dr. habil. Béla Majorovits, MPP
  • Dr. Susanne Mertens, TUM
  • Prof. Dr. Lothar Oberauer, TUM
  • Dr. Paolo Padovani, ESO
  • Dr. Federica Petricca, MPP
  • Priv. Doz. Dr. habil. Georg Raffelt, MPP
  • Prof. Dr. Michael Ratz, TUM
  • Prof. Dr. Elisa Resconi, TUM
  • Prof. Dr. Jochen Schieck, HEPHY
  • Prof. Dr. Stefan Schönert, TUM
  • Dr. Patrick Vaudrevange, TUM
  • Prof. Dr. Andreas Weiler, TUM


Prof. Dr. Elisa Resconi
Technische Universität München
James-Franck-Str. 1
85748 Garching
Tel.: +49 89 289-12422
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