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Christoph PfrommerCurrently, I am leading the research section Cosmology and High-energy Astrophysics at the Leibniz-Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) and pursue research as a jointly appointed professor at the University of Potsdam.
In 2016 the European Research Council awarded us an ERC Consolidator Grant (CRAGSMAN) addressing The Impact of Cosmic Rays on Galaxy and Cluster Formation, immediately followed by an ERC Advanced Grant (PICOGAL) with the title Mind the Gap: from Plasma Kinetics to Cosmological Galaxy Formation, which successfully started in 2022. In 2021 the group became partner of the DFG funded research unit on Relativistic Jets in Active Galaxies (FOR 5195), which also started in 2022.
Our research activities are concentrated on theoretical astrophysics on scales from plasma physics up to the largest cosmological scales with the goal to understand the formation and evolution of galaxies and galaxy clusters. In particular, using high-performance computational simulations, we study the acceleration of cosmic rays at powerful shocks, their transport in the magnetized plasma of galaxies and clusters, their ability to feed back on the structure of these systems and the associated non-thermal emission ranging from the radio to the gamma-ray regime.