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Theoretical Astrophysics

How the Universe is taking shape

Cosmology seeks answers to one of the most fascinating scientific questions of all, the origin and ultimate fate of our Universe. Numerical simulations of cosmic structure formation, as carried out in the "Theoretical Astrophysics" (TAP) group , are one of the best tools for understanding our quite strange Universe, in which most of the material consists of unknown "Dark Matter", and a mysterious "Dark Energy" field drives an accelerated expansion of space. Our work focuses on the formation and evolution of galaxies, supermassive black holes, stars, and planets.

The group has been newly established at the HITS in the spring of 2010 and is led by Prof. Dr. Volker Springel of the University of Heidelberg. A major goal of the group's research is to unlock the power of modern high performance supercomputers for basic research in theoretical astrophysics. To this end, both the state-of-the art computational facilities at HITS and supercomputers in Germany and across Europe are employed.

Large Ongoing Projects
  • We are involved in a number of large simulation projects that explore cosmic structure formation on a variety of scales, both with collisionless and hydrodynamical simulations. Please check our projects page for a description of these calculations.

Simulation Codes

External Astronomy Links
Public-Outreach Material



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