The Institute’s library presently holds about 25 300 monographs, book series, conference proceedings, theses prepared at the MPIK and about 5 700 journal volumes. Via the Max Planck Society, the library provides access to e-books, online dictionaries, databases and more than 32 000 e-journals. MPIK actively participates in the Max Planck Society’s open access activities with the Max Planck digital library. The publication management system PuRe offers the opportunity to publish papers and supplementary material and to prepare individual publication lists.

Librarian: Gernot Vogt, Tel. 06221 516-333

MPIK Library


Information Technology

The central computer infrastructure provides computing power and storage space. A Linux cluster with about 6000 processor cores is available for processing batch jobs. Data are stored on hard disks with an overall capacity of about 8.5 Petabyte. For fast access, most of the data space is organized as a parallel file system. A central tape library is used as a backup system to assure data safety and as a long-term archive. All servers and file systems are attached to the network via Ethernet connections. The cluster mainly serves for data storage, data analysis and simulations in high-energy gamma-ray astronomy as well as for time-consuming calculations in theoretical quantum dynamics.

Further, the IT group operates mail and web servers, supports users with desktop hard- and software, and maintains the technical infrastructure in the lecture hall and seminar rooms.

Head: Dr. Frank Köck, Tel. 06221 516-518

Computer Help Desk (internal)


Public Relations and Media

The research results of the Institute shall be known well beyond the scientific community: a public relations team writes press releases about selected results which are published via the Institute’s homepage and internet services. Detailed information about the research at the Institute is kept up to date both online and as printed matter. Groups of visitors are welcome for guided institute tours; for school students, there are the “Saturday morning physics” courses. Further, the picture archive is maintained and support is offered for graphics processing and printing posters.

Press and public relations: Dr. Bernold Feuerstein (press officer) and Dr. Gertrud Hönes (editor), phone: +49 6221 516-281 or -572
Media/poster printing: Martina Strunz, phone: +49 6221 516-526

Templates for Posters and Slides, Logos (internal)