The group is led by
Dr. Ralf Bender, full professor at the
department and director at the
Max-Planck Institut fuer extraterrestrische Physik.
The research activities
are centered on structure and evoultion of galaxies, covering
the fields of stellar dynamics, stellar populations and galaxy
formation from point of view of opitical and near-infrared astronomy.
We also use large survey projects to trace the large scale
structure of the universe due to the distribution of galaxies
and clusters of galaxies. Hard- and software activities
involve the construction of optical and near-infrared instruments.
Education is part of the physics and astrophysics courses at
the LMU, including PhD studies within the IMPRS school.