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Clusters of Excellence

From the Origin of the Universe to the First Building Blocks of Life

The Excellence Cluster ORIGINS investigates the origin of the Universe and life. The interdisciplinary research network emerges from the very fruitful collaboration between astro-, particle- and nuclear physicists within the previous Excellence Cluster Universe, which explored fundamental properties of the Universe.

ORIGINS is now taking the next step and explores the conjecture of modern cosmology that the Universe and the emergence of life have naturally unfolded from the initial conditions laid out in the Big Bang. This starts with space-time and its basic building blocks (particles and forces), and continues with the origin of the large-scale cosmic network dominated by dark matter to galaxies, stars and planets. The researchers want to show that life is the product of a natural process, a logical outcome of the Universe – which can be understood based on the laws of physics and chemistry from the initial conditions of the Big Bang.

Involved Institutions:

  • Deutsches Museum (DM)
  • Max-Planck-Institut für Biochemie
  • Max-Planck-Institut für Astrophysik (MPA)
  • Max-Planck-Institut für Physik (Werner-Heisenberg-Institut)
  • Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik (IPP)
  • Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik (MPE)
  • European Southern Observatory (ESO)
  • Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften
  • Leibniz-Rechenzentrum

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