The RAPP Center

In the fall of 2015, the Ruhr Astroparticle and Plasma Physics Center (RAPP Center) was founded in order to combine research efforts within the fields of plasma, particle, and astrophysics in the Ruhr area. The three universities Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Technische Universität Dortmund, and Universität Duisburg-Essen are located within a radius of 20 kilometers, enabling close collaboration between the universities. Founding principal investigators (PIs) of the RAPP Center are Prof. Wurm (Duisburg-Essen), Professors Dettmar, Schlickeiser, and Tjus (all Bochum), as well as Professors Rhode and Spaan (both Dortmund). In June 2017, the center was expanded, now combining research activities of 23 PIs from the areas astro-, particle, and plasma physics. In the RAPP Center, scientists conduct frontier research with the aim to significantly contribute to answering four fundamental physics questions that interlink the three subdisciplines of physics:

  • What is the origin of cosmic rays?
  • What is the nature of neutrinos and dark matter?
  • How does the interaction of cosmic rays influence the interstellar medium – from molecular clouds to protoplanetary disks?
  • How are magnetic fields generated and maintained in the Universe?
By following this unique synergistic approach, the RAPP Center combines knowledge on basic plasma and particle physics with astrophysical processes in order to understand signatures of interacting matter in the Universe.

New RAPP Center Publication at Scientia

On 28 Sep 2017, the aptly named publication
The RAPP Center: Searching for Answers in Plasma-Astroparticle Physics 
appeared in Scientia. Its aim is to raise awareness of the Center's research on the side of funding agencies and the general public, and to convey the excitement of its ongoing and future research activities.
A PDF copy may be obtained from the above website, or directly from one of the links below.

News: Public RAPP lecture series starting 07 September!

"Neue Fenster zum Universum", a monthly series of public lectures about the RAPP Center's scientific topics and activities starts on Thursday, 07 September 2017 at Bochum's Blue Square. All talks will be in German and begin at 18:00h (6 p.m.). Admission is free, everybody is welcome!

Upcoming talks:

More information, including directions and a complete list of talks with respective summaries, can be found at Blue Square's dedicated event page.