Research in the Funk group aims to understand processes in high-energy astrophysics, in particular:
- Astrophysical processes at high energies, in particular the acceleration, propagation and escape of ultra-relativistic particles in astrophysical environments
- Physics beyond the standard model, in particular understanding the particle nature of dark matter
High-energy messengers, in the case of our research photons ranging from X-rays to gamma-rays, are used to observe energetic processes in our Universe. The instruments we use are space-based or ground-based. X-rays and gamma-rays are detected either directly before they enter the atmosphere with instruments such as the Fermi Large Area Telescope (Fermi-LAT) or through their interactions with the atmosphere through the Cherenkov light emitted in extended air showers with instruments such as the High Energy Stereoscopic System (H.E.S.S.) or the future Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA).
Other research focus points of our department include e.g. laboratory astrophysics.
Interested? If you want to join our group for a Bachelor/Master or PhD thesis,
please contact Prof. Stefan Funk (or one of the contact persons listed on the project pages
linked to above). Also, please check the thesis topics page.