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. This joint approach necessitates a regular exchange about new works and results, as exemplified in the large number of topically relevant talks in the Center's seminars.

Media response

On 11 July 2018, Prof. Gerhard Wurm's public Blue Square talk was addressed in issue 1175 of the Bochumer Stadt- und Studierendenzeitung (bsz).
The full text is available below.

News: Public RAPP lecture series extended!

Owing to its distinctively positive reception by attendees, the popular monthly series of public lectures about the RAPP Center's scientific topics and activities "Neue Fenster zum Universum" has now been extended by another four talks until February 2019. The venue continues to be 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:

See also this flyer about the newly added talks:

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