Multimessenger Plasma Physics Center (MPPC)

MPPC is a new NSF-supported collaboration between Princeton University, Columbia University, University of Maryland, and Washington University in St. Louis that is dedicated to the exploration of plasma physics of astrophysical multimessenger sources. Particular topics of interest for the center, among others:

  • Electromagnetic precursors of neutron star mergers

  • Acceleration of ultra-high-energy (UHE) cosmic rays and sources of UHE neutrinos

  • Black holes and neutron star magnetospheres

  • Feedback of cosmic rays on galaxies

Center supports postdoctoral fellows and graduate students working on plasma astrophysics topics and organizes international meetings and summer schools. International partners: Max-Planck Institute for Astrophysics, Max-Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics (Germany), National Institute of Natural Sciences (NINS, Japan)

Principal investigators: Anatoly Spitkovsky, Amitava Bhattacharjee, Eliot Quataert (Princeton), Lorenzo Sironi, Andrei Beloborodov (Columbia), Sasha Philippov, James Drake (UMd), Yajie Yuan (WU).

We are hiring! See MPPC job ad here: Jobs @ astro

Questions? Contact Anatoly Spitkovsky

MPPC seminar series (first Thursday of the month @3pm eastern on Zoom; meeting id 972 8372 9751):

Oct 6, 2022, 3pm EDT: Kohta Murase (PSU & IAS) "High-Energy Neutrino Astrophysics in the Multimessenger Era"