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Physical Cosmology Group

                                                                                                                        Abell 2218 (Credit: NASA Images)


We are located at the University Observatory Munich (USM). We work on the interface between theoretical and observational cosmology. Our main research interest is in confronting modern cosmological theories with observations. Here we have in particular a strong research program in exploiting galaxy clusters and cosmic voids, but also in more general probes of the large-scale structure and the cosmic microwave back ground. One of our main motivations is to understand the nature of the cosmic acceleration in the Universe. Here we try to constrain theoretical models from standard dark energy, coupled scalar fields to theories which extend Einstein's gravity at large distances. In order to achieve this goal we use analytical and numerical methods, such as N-body simulations of the structure formation process, state of the art statistical analysis tools and modern Bayesian techniques. Furthermore we have a strong research program in machine learning applications in astrophysics, but also apply these methods in medical physics and string theory.

We are involved in the following national and international collaborations: The Dark Energy Survey DES, The Euclid satellite mission of ESA, the Hobby-Eberly Telescope Dark Energy Experiment  HETDEX, the Low Frequency Array LOFAR, ESA's Planck satellite mission, the eRosita x-ray satellite mission and the Square Kilometer Array SKA. We are members of the transregional research network TRR33, and the German Low Wavelength Consortium GLOW.

We work together with other groups at the Max Planck institutes. Among others: OPINAS and High Energy Astrophysics groups at MPE, the Cosmology research group at MPA, as well as with members of other groups at the Excellence Cluster and groups at MPP.

Recent Papers by Group Members

Modeling projection effects in optically-selected cluster catalogues, Costanzi, M., et al., PREPRINT arXiv:1807.07072

Joint halo mass function for modified gravity and massive neutrinos I: simulations and cosmological forecasts, Hagstotz, S., et al., PREPRINT arXiv:1806.07400

On the relative bias of void tracers in the Dark Energy Survey
, Pollina, G., et al., PREPRINT arXiv:1806.06860

Dark Energy Survey Year 1 Results: Redshift distributions of the weak lensing source galaxies, Hoyle, B., et al., MNRAS, (2018), PREPRINT arXiv:1708.01532

Cross-correlation of galaxies and galaxy clusters in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey and the importance of non-Poissonian shot noise
, Paech, K., et al., MNRAS, 470, 2566 (2017), PREPRINT arXiv:1612.02018

Multipole analysis of redshift-space distortions around cosmic voids
, Hamaus, N., Cousinou, M.-C., Pisani, A., Aubert, M., Escoffier, S., Weller, J., JCAP, 7, 014 (2017), PREPRINT arXiv:1705.05328