(Exo-)Planetary Physics

The research field of (Exo-)Planetary Physics concentrates on the interaction of solar/stellar radiation and plasma with the planetary surfaces of airless bodies (Mercury, Jovian moons, comets, etc.) and the atmospheres of (exo-)planets. The interaction of short-wave radiation and plasma with magnetic and non-magnetized (exo-)planets contributes substantially to the understanding of the evolution and structure of atmospheres. Missions in the Solar system and telescope observations of exoplanets are used to validate theoretical models applied to different planetary bodies.

(Exo-)Planetary Physics consists of three working groups, which study exoplanets, (exo-)planetary atmospheres, and planetary surfaces.