How did the Universe form? What are the fundamental forces and structures? Why are there galaxies, stars and planets? What led to the formation of chemical elements? What does the future hold for the cosmos?
These questions demonstrate rather accurately the themes scientists have to deal with when studying the Universe. To this day, scientists have not yet found a satisfactory explanation of how the cosmic building blocks of matter, space, and time as well as the basic forces have developed. Also, the question is still open as to why the (nowadays generally accepted) standard model of physics cannot explain a number of phenomena of modern particle and astrophysics? the reason why physicists have designed theoretical models such as supersymmetry (SUSY) and string theory.
The Excellence Cluster "Origin and Structure of the Universe" was established at the Technische Universität München (TUM) in October 2006 within the framework of the so called Excellence Initiative and was initially committed to run for five years. In 2012, the funding of this unique and internationally recognized Research Center was renewed for another five years.
This interdisciplinary research project unifies the physics faculties of TUM and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU). Other partners are the Universitätssternwarte (University Observatory) of the LMU, several Max-Planck-Institutes and the European Southern Observatory (ESO). About 200 scientists are working within more than 45 research groups to decode the great secret called "Universe". The Excellence Cluster is located at the Research Center Garching.
Findings from Infinity - movie about the Universe Cluster: