The Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) is dedicated to astrophysical questions ranging from the exploration of our Sun to the evolution of the cosmos. It focuses on the study of cosmic magnetic fields, extragalactic astrophysics and the development of research technologies in the fields of spectroscopy, robotic telescopes and E-science.
The puzzling link between star formation and radio emission in galaxies
On the 50th anniversary of the discovery of a close connection between star formation in galaxies and their infrared and radio radiation, researchers at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) have now deciphered the underlying physics. To this end, they used novel computer simulations of galaxy formation with a complete modelling of cosmic rays.
View into the night sky: Long Night of Sciences 2022
After a two-year break, the Long Night of the Sciences will finally take place again on July 2, 2022, with the participation of the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP). On the Telegrafenberg in Potsdam, the Great Refractor will open its doors from 5 p.m. to midnight.
Research Area II: Extragalactic Astrophysics
Galaxies are fundamental cosmic building blocks. At the largest scales, they serve as markers to study the distribution of matter in the universe - active galaxies and quasars are particularly important because of their intrinsic brightness. Nearby objects can be spatially resolved and consist of populations with very different patterns of motion, star formation histories and chemical abundances.
Research Area I: Cosmic Magnetic Fields
Cosmic events are determined by two natural forces: gravity and magnetic fields. The magnetic field research at the AIP is mainly focused on magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) simulations, the magnetically induced activities on the Sun and the stars, solar coronaphysics as well as space weather in our solar system and on planets around other stars.
Gaia DR3: A detailed map of our Milky Way
The third data release from ESA's Gaia mission contains astrophysical information for 1.8 billion stars in the Milky Way, as well as objects in our solar system and extragalactic sources. With 33 million radial velocities - the speed at which stars move toward or away from us - Gaia also represents by far the largest radial velocity catalogue. The Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) is one of the Gaia partner data centres and was significantly involved in the calculation of the radial velocities.
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