Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Mathematisch-Naturwissen­schaft­liche Fakultät - Experimentelle Elementarteilchenphysik

Multimessenger Astronomy

Multimessenger Astronomy is the study of the Universe with multiple cosmic messengers (such as photons, neutrinos or gravitational waves). As these messengers are typically created by different astrophysical processes, their coordinated use of several messengers allows astronomers to reveal much more information about the physics of the originating object.
The multi messenger field is fast developing and has already provided significant contributions to the field of astronomy. However, the addition of a new generation of facilities which will soon be coming online, such as the Cherenkov Telescope Array observing in gamma-rays, the ULTRASAT ultraviolet transient satellite and the ZWICKY transient facility observing at optical wavelenghts, will help to further increase the impact of this field.
The Humboldt University of Berlin in collaboration with many other institutes around the world is active in many areas of multi messenger observation, including:
  • Gamma ray Astronomy
  • Neutrino Astronomy
  • Transient source Observations
  • Optical astronomy
  • Gravitational waves
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International Helmholtz-Weizmann Research School on Multimessenger Astronomy (MM School)


To further its multi messenger research, the Humboldt University of Berlin is a member of the International Helmholtz-Weizmann Research School on Multimessenger Astronomy. In this school the Humboldt University adds its history in particle and astroparticle physics to the work performed on neutrino and gravitational wave astronomy by DESY and the Weizmann Institute of Science and the astronomical experience of the University of Potsdam.

The research school offers a world-class PhD programme, pairing candidated with leading researchers in their field of interest to work on the research topics mentioned above. Collaboration is encouraged by the use of exchange programmes and professional training to students provided.

This international partnership receives significant funding through the Initiative and Networking Fund of the Helmholtz Association.