Technical University of Munich (TUM)
Technische Universität München (TUM)


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Portrait: Technical University of Munich – 150 Years culture of excellence

1 August 2019 - 31 July 2020

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Technical University of Munich (TUM) published between 1 August 2019 - 31 July 2020 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Hover over the donut graph to view the FC output for each subject. Below, the same research outputs are grouped by subject. Click on the subject to drill-down into a list of articles organized by journal, and then by title.

Note: Articles may be assigned to more than one subject area.

Count Share
607 168.41

Outputs by subject (Share)

Subject Count Share
Life Sciences 222 42.97
Chemistry 157 68.27
3 1.92
10 3.20
31 18.19
5 1.98
8 4.26
12 6.48
17 9.04
10 6.54
7 1.23
5 0.40
1 0.16
3 1.32
25 4.17
3 1.89
4 0.57
2 0.15
2 1.24
9 5.55
Earth & Environmental Sciences 25 7.61
Physical Sciences 271 61.35

Highlight of the month

Deep-sea evidence for a near-Earth supernova



An analysis of deep-sea sediments has found strong evidence that a supernova exploded near the Earth some 2.5 million years ago.

Stars that are at least five times more massive than our Sun end their lives abruptly in huge explosions known as supernovas, which release tremendous amounts of energy and material.

Now, a team of six researchers at the Technical University of Munich and a collaborator has found that the concentration of the isotope manganese-53 in deep-sea sediments has a peak at about 2.5 million years ago. This, plus a previously found peak at around the same time in the concentration of iron-60, points to a supernova explosion at that time, which was close enough to deposit the two isotopes on the Earth’s surface.

Intriguingly, this time coincides with the end of end of the Pliocene epoch, which was attended by cooling and mass extinctions. If the supernova was close enough to Earth, it could conceivably have influenced the Earth’s climate.

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  1. Physical Review Letters 125, 031101 (2020). doi: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.125.031101

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1 August 2019 - 31 July 2020

International vs. domestic collaboration by Share

  • 40.01% Domestic
  • 59.99% International

Note: Hover over the graph to view the percentage of collaboration.

Note: Collaboration is determined by the fractional count (Share), which is listed in parentheses.

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