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Christoph Pfrommer

Currently, 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.

Part of the new research section is funded by the European Research Council through a Consolidator Grant for my project CRAGSMAN, which seeks to understand The Impact of Cosmic Rays on Galaxy and Cluster Formation. At the same time, we are continuing our work on understanding the emergence of large-scale structure in the Local Universe as well as pursuing exciting research on topics in high-energy astrophysics.


Research interests
  • Cosmology. Formation and evolution of galaxies, galaxy clusters, and large-scale structure in the Universe; intergalactic medium and Lyman-α forest; supermassive black holes; cosmological parameter estimation from cluster surveys.

  • High-Energy Astrophysics. Cosmic rays, magnetic fields, and radiative processes in galaxies and galaxy clusters; propagation of ultra-relativistic gamma rays from blazars, pair creation and plasma instabilities; dark matter theory and indirect detection methods.

  • Computational Astrophysics. High-performance computing with the smoothed particle hydrodynamics code GADGET, the adaptive mesh refinement code FLASH, and the unstructured moving mesh code AREPO.

  • Radio- and Gamma-Ray Astronomy. Associate member of the LOFAR Magnetism Key Science Project; external collaboration member of the Cherenkov telescopes MAGIC, VERITAS, and the Fermi Space Telescope Collaboration.