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Prof. Dr. Werner Hofmann

Research projects and research groups

Research in the division covers two main areas: high-energy astrophysics exploring the sources and acceleration processes of high-energy particles in the Universe, and particle physics probing the Standard Model. High energy astrophysics employs atmospheric Cherenkov telescopes to image gamma rays emitted by high-energy particle in our Galaxy and beyond. The division has contributed major parts of the hardware of the H.E.S.S. and HEGRA Cherenkov telescopes. Associated research groups cover theory and phenomenology of high energy astrophysics, theoretical astrophysics and infrared astrophysics. Accelerator-based particle physics projects are primarily aimed at the study of heavy-quark production and decays, with emphasis on CP violating processes. The GERDA experiment at the Gran Sasso underground laboratory investigates neutrinoless double beta decay of 76Ge, probing mass and nature of neutrinos.



Project head

LHCb: Precision measurements of CP violation and rare decays

Taking data

Michael Schmelling

GERDA: double beta decay of 76Ge

Taking data

Karl-Tasso Knöpfle

H.E.S.S.: An array of large imaging atmospheric Cherenkov telescopes

Taking data

Werner Hofmann

H.E.S.S. site operationMichael Panter
H.E.S.S. data analysisDaniel Parsons
Source physics

H.E.S.S. II telescope

Taking data

Michael Panter

CTA: An advanced facility for ground-based gamma-ray astronomy

Preparatory phase

German Hermann

Associated research groups

Group head

High-energy astrophysics theory (HEAT)


Felix Aharonian

Theoretical astrophysics


John Kirk

Infrared astrophysics


Richard Tuffs

Division Head

Werner Hofmann
Max-Planck-Institut für Kernphysik
Walther-Bothe-Laboratorium, Room 212
P.O. Box 103980, D-69029 Heidelberg (Mail address)
Saupfercheckweg 1, D-69117 Heidelberg (Shipping address)
Phone: +49-6221-516-330, Fax : +49-6221-516-603
Secretary: Ruth Crespo, +49-6221-516-201, Ruth.Crespo AT mpi-hd.mpg.de
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Max Planck Institute
for Nuclear Pyhsics

Saupfercheckweg 1
D-69117 Heidelberg

Werner Hofmann

Tel.: +49-6221-516-201
Fax: +49-6221-516-603



GERDA setzt neues Limit

Erste Ergebnisse der zweiten Messphase